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The First Part of King Henry IV

2nd Edition

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Part of The New Cambridge Shakespeare

  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521687430

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  • The New Cambridge Shakespeare appeals to students worldwide for its up-to-date scholarship and emphasis on performance. The series features line-by-line commentaries and textual notes on the plays and poems. Introductions are regularly refreshed with accounts of new critical, stage and screen interpretations. This second edition of The First Part of King Henry IV offers a theatrical perspective on the origins of Shakespeare's play and the history of its interpretation. In their introduction the editors, Herbert and Judith Weil, clarify the play's de-centred dramatic structure and call attention to the effects of civil war on a broad range of relationships. Falstaff's unpredictable vitality is also explored, together with such important contemporaneous values as honour, friendship, festivity and reformation. Lexical glosses make the rich wordplay accessible, while the notes provide a thorough commentary on Shakespeare's transformation of his sources. A supplementary section by Katharine Craik focuses on important modern interpretations.

    • Updated edition, containing a new introductory section which describes recent stage, film and critical interpretations, and an updated reading list
    • Provides a strongly theatrical perspective on the origins of the play
    • Includes extensive lexical glosses, and illustrative theatre photographs
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521687430
    • length: 251 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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 Katharine A. Craik
    Note on the text
    List of characters
    The play
    Textual analysis
    Appendix: Shakespeare and Holinshed
    Reading list.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Author

    William Shakespeare

    Editors

    Judith Weil

    Herbert Weil, University of Manitoba, Canada

    With contributions by

    Katharine Craik, Oxford Brookes University

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