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One of George Bernard Shaw's best-known plays, Pygmalion was a rousing success on the London and New York stages, an entertaining motion picture and a great hit with its musical version, My Fair Lady. An updated and considerably revised version of the ancient Greek legend of Pygmalion and Galatea, the 20th-century story pokes fun at the antiquated British class system.
In Shaw's clever adaptation, Professor Henry Higgins, a linguistic expert, takes on a bet that he can transform an awkward cockney flower seller into a refined young lady simply by polishing her manners and changing the way she speaks. In the process of convincing society that his creation is a mysterious royal figure, the Professor also falls in love with his elegant handiwork.
The irresistible theme of the emerging butterfly, together with Shaw's brilliant dialogue and splendid skills as a playwright, have made Pygmalion one of the most popular comedies in the English language. A staple of college drama courses, it is still widely performed.
Served its purpose: cheap with multiple copies available for a class. The margins are large enough for a reader to take notes, and the paper is thick enough that the notes don't... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Knightley Emma
Excellent version of the classic play with excellent commentaries.Published 2 months ago by Auntie Mimi
Rounds out MY Fair Lady. I can hear the music as I read the prose.Published 3 months ago by Debitum