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Taming of the Shrew

The plot was borrowed from a drama of the same title, published by S. Leacroft, of Charing Cross, under the title of Six Old Plays on which Shakespeare Founded his Comedies. The induction was borrowed from Heuterus' Rerum Burgumdarum (lib. iv.), a translation of which was published in 1607 by E. Grimstone, and called Admirable and Memorable Histories. Dr. Percy thinks that the ballad of The Frolicksome Duke, or the Tinker's Good Fortune, published in the Pepys Collection, may have suggested the induction. (See Sly.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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