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- DescriptionThis 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 hour, friendship, festivity and reformation. Extensive lexical glosses of obscure, ambiguous or archaic meanings make the rich wordplay accessible. The tes 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.
- Author(s)William Shakespeare
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication18/10/2007
- SubjectDrama Texts, Plays & Screenplays
- Series TitleNew Cambridge Shakespeare
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note12 b/w illus.
- Weight410 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Edited byHerbert Weil,Judith Weil
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Edition Statement2nd Revised edition
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