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Pygmalion: Performed by Sir Michael Redgrave & Cast Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition (5 Dec. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0001047957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0001047952
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,608,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'You see this creature with her kerbstone English: the English that will keep her in the gutter to the end of her days. Well, sir, in three months I could pass that girl off as a duchess at an ambassador's garden party. I could even get her a place as lady's maid or shop assistant, which requires better English.'

Following this public boast, Professor Henry Higgins accepts a challenge to teach the flower-seller Eliza Doolittle to speak standard English and launch her into polite society. Through Higgins's triumphant transformation of Eliza into a 'lady', and Eliza's subsequent rebellion against Higgins's attitudes and assumptions, Shaw's provocative comedy explores questions of speech and class in England.

First performed in London in 1914, 'Pygmalion' quickly established itself among the classic English comedies. On this lively recording, which offers the complete text of the definitive script of 1I39, the play is performed by a distinguished cast led by Sir Michael Redgrave, Sir Michael Hordern, Lynn Redgave and Donald Pleasence.

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Born in Dublin, the Irish dramatist, literary critic and socialist spokesman, George Bernard Shaw began his literary career as a novelist; as a fervent advocate of the new theatre of Ibsen, he decided to write plays in order to illustrate his criticism of the English stage. His important plays include: "Mrs. Warren's Profession, Saint Joan, Caesar and Cleopatra, The Doctor's Dilemma, Candid, " and "Pygmalion." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Having thoroughly enjoyed My Fair Lady over the years, I came to the book expecting to enjoy a recap of the film - was I wrong!
From the start, this book grabbed my attention and kept me glued to the page - so different to the filmed version, and so much better!
I laughed a lot and wanted to scream a lot at Higgins but, and this was a good sign for me, I was so terribly disappointed when I got to the end!
Read it and laugh - this is definately staying on my 'keeper' shelves!
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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct. 2007
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The greatness of this play is expressed for me by the fact that even reading it straight through as a text, rather than hearing or seeing it enacted as a drama, it still made me laugh. Shaw's ear for dialogue and his sense of comic timing is superb. Yes, it's a dated play, and one wonders how long it will last in performance, but it is literary perfection, razor sharp dialogue, fantastic charactersation and a superb eye for detail. The ambiguity of the ending and the refusal to bow to the schmalzy hollywood film makers saves it from being too saccharine, and allows the seriousness of Shaw's message to shine through, and the comedy saves it from being a polemic.
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I was very pleased with my product. It was exactly what I wanted. I needed the script to use it for a drama exam and this product is perfect for it and very handy. The price is also very affordable for all people which is brilliant as I am a student and have limited money. The only problem I had with this product was the delivery, as it was meant 3-5 working days, but took almost two weeks to turn up. This was very inconvenient, as I needed it for an exam. Other than this problem, it is a fantastic product and I would definitely recommend it.
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The classic story behind the Musical 'My Fair Lady' most people are aware of what happens in this book. However the ideas about class and identity are still being explored regularly by much less impressive books and TV.
The penguins classics brand is a very reliable presenter of stories in nice editions that sit well on any bookcase.
I would happily recommend this book to literature lovers or to those who know the musical but have never read it.
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This play is brilliant. George Bernard Shaw was a complete genius. You really do feel as if you're in the play itself watching things develop. The characters are so well written. I laughed out loud in many places (got a few strange looks from my fellow commuters!!) The sign of a great book is one you want to read over and over again, and this one makes my list!
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By JJ on 17 Feb. 2012
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Having been (jokingly I do hope) compared to Eliza by a friend I went and ordered this play and was hooked in just the first page. Read it in a couple of hours - Shaw does very well! Would definitely recommend for a bit of light-hearted reading or in depth analysis for those who do prefer it!
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Published as a play in 1916, 'Pygmalion' is one of Shah's play not heavy on philosophy. I, personally feel that his plays heavy on philosophy are his best - 'Man and Superman', 'St. Joan', 'Androcles and the Lion' et al. Among his plays of 'not heavy on philosophy' genre, I rate 'Pygmalion' as one of the best. It is full of fun, gaiety, humor, Shavian wit and is a wee bit didactic. As Shaw wrote in the preface of 'Man and Superman', that all good, great writing should be didactic. So, even in the mildly didactic 'Pygmalion', Shaw had more than one axe to grind so to say.
The central theme of Pygmalion is the gift of speech in human
beings. Shaw has tried to depict as to how a person speaks affects their own personality and the people around. As a corollary to this theme, Shaw hoped to popularize the science of phonetics. In the short preface of the play, Shaw also makes a plea for enhancement of the English alphabet (with it's too few vowels and few consonants) to make English reading pronunciation rational. Both his wishes of popularizing phonetics and getting the English alphabet enlarged remain unfulfilled even today, perhaps a measure of how much ahead of the times he was or still is!
The locale is London's Covent Garden vegetable market. The time is late night. It is pouring heavily, everybody is seeking the shelter of a church's portico. Among the shelter seekers is an impoverished, bedraggled flower girl Liza with a terrible cockney accent. Liza is trying to peddle her flowers to the crowd of shelter seekers. A middle- aged gentleman, professor Higgins is taking down her speech (in Bells Visible Speech) in his notebook. Professor Higgins is an eccentric phonetician, expert on London accents and can place a person by their accent to the street they originate from.
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A nice copy, clear text and helpful notes. A very good version to get if you are studying the play, or if you are performing it, as it includes all the original stage directions and notes on set layout.
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