The First Part of King Henry IV

Hardcover | December 3, 2007

byWilliam ShakespeareEditorJudith Weil, Herbert Weil

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This updated edition offers a strongly theatrical perspective on the origins of Shakespeare's The First Part of King Henry IV and the history of its interpretation. The introduction clarifies the play's surprising, de-centred dramatic structure, questioning the dominant assumption that the drama focuses on the education of Prince Hal. It calls attention to the effects of civil war upon a broad range of relationships. Falstaff's unpredictable vitality is explored, together with important contemporary values of honour, friendship, festivity and reformation. Extensive lexical glosses of obscure, ambiguous or archaic meanings make the rich wordplay accessible. The notes also provide a thorough commentary on Shakespeare's transformation of his sources (particularly Holinshed's Chronicles) and suggest alternative stagings. This updated edition contains a new introductory section by Katharine A. Craik, which describes recent stage, film and critical interpretations, and an updated reading list.

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This updated edition offers a strongly theatrical perspective on the origins of Shakespeare's The First Part of King Henry IV and the history of its interpretation. The introduction clarifies the play's surprising, de-centred dramatic structure, questioning the dominant assumption that the drama focuses on the education of Prince Hal. ...

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Gra...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:254 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:December 3, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521868017

ISBN - 13:9780521868013

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Introduction: Reputation; Date; The design of the play; Transforming the sources; The appeal of Falstaff and the contexts of interpretation; Stage history; Recent stage, film and critical interpretations by Katharine A. Craik; Note on the text; List of characters; THE PLAY; Textual analysis; Appendix: Shakespeare and Holinshed; Reading list.