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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.
The beautiful writing and raw power that charges the book are something entirely unique.
I highly recommend Pygmalion because it is a classic that is enjoyable to read and better crafted than its more famous movie adaptation.
We're not dealing with manners and moving within the bounds of acceptable society--this is unrequited love, people.
Really loved this book! I watched the movie in netflix and it made me want to read the novel. Well worth it.Published 9 hours ago by Jessica M Gerhardt
When I received it the white pages had dirty fingerprints all over. Disappointed.Published 25 days ago by Eleonor Ayala
I first read this book in high school and have read it at least six times. I am so glad to have a new hard cover instead of the paperback I have kept on hand.Published 29 days ago by Anne M. Hirschmann
This is my favorite of the Bronte sister's books. I love how the heroine of the novel stands up for herself , doesn't give in to what she knows is wrong , give in to tyranny or... Read morePublished 1 month ago by User # 9
Excellent version of the classic play with excellent commentaries.Published 1 month ago by Auntie Mimi