- 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)
Pygmalion: Performed by Sir Michael Redgrave & Cast Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged
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From the Back Cover
'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.
About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought to be read out at a local play-reading group. Use the Kindle so that I make the writing larger and it also keeps my place.Published 1 month ago by Tobie
Funny, thoughtful play. Includes the 'Sequel', which gives a greater understanding of Shaw's point of view, his realism and lack of condescension.Published 2 months ago by SB
This book was purchased after watching Annie the musical at Xmas - my daughter saw that one of the actors had it in his hand!Published 12 months ago by Chester