1 Henry IV (Norton Critical Edition Series) / Edition 3by William Shakespeare, Gordon McMullan
Pub. Date: 04/01/2003
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Act and scene divisions are not indicated in the Quarto; those of the First Folio have been incorporated, with one exception: scene ii of Act V has been divided into two scenes, with the concluding scenes numbered accordingly. The Third Edition includes expanded
The text, with few departures, is that of the First Quarto (1598) edition of the play.
Act and scene divisions are not indicated in the Quarto; those of the First Folio have been incorporated, with one exception: scene ii of Act V has been divided into two scenes, with the concluding scenes numbered accordingly. The Third Edition includes expanded annotations.
"Contexts and Sources" includes dueling arguments on the play’s completeness (one play or one half of a play?) and the naming of a central character (Falstaff or Oldcastle?).
"Criticism" includes twenty-four essaysfrom E. M. W. Tillyard’s classic argument of an ordered Shakespearean universe to Graham Holderness’s rebuttal to Gus Van Sant’s interview regarding 1 Henry IV as the inspiration for his cult film, My Own Private Idahonineteen of them new to the Third Edition.
The Selected Bibliography has been thoroughly updated.
Table of ContentsPrefaceA Note on the TextAbbreviated Genealogy of the Mortimers and the House of LancasterThe Text of 1 Henry IVContexts and SourcesCOMPOSITION AND PUBLICATIONExcerpt from the 1598 QuartoONE PLAY OR TWO?Harold Jenkins – The Structural Problem in Shakespeare’s “Henry the Fourth”Paul Yachnin – History, Theatricality, and the “Structural Problem” in the Henry IV PlaysFALSTAFF OR OLDCASTLE?Gary Taylor – The Fortunes of OldcastleDavid Scott Kastan – [Reforming Falstaff]ORIGINSPeter Saccio – [Shakespearean History and the Reign of Henry IV]Edward Hall – Henry, Prince of WalesRaphael Holinshed – Elizabeth and the Uniting of the Two HousesAnonymous – An Homilee against disobedience and wylful rebellionRaphael Holinshed – The Chronicles of EnglandSamuel Daniel – The Ciuile WarsThe Famous Victories of Henry the FifthCriticismJohn Dryden – The Composition of a CharacterSamuel Johnson – [Falstaff]Elizabeth Montagu – [Hal, Falstaff, and Taste]Maurice Morgann – An Essay on the Dramatic Character of Sir John FalstaffJohn Dover Wilson – The Falstaff MythArthur C. Sprague – Gadshill RevisitedE.M.W. Tillyard – The Second TetralogyHenry Ansagar Kelly – [Providence and Progaganda]Graham Holderness – [Tillyard, History, and Ideology]Sigurd Burckhardt – [Symmetry and Disorder]John Wilders – [Knowledge and Misjudgement]Stephen Greenblatt – [Theater and Power]Scott McMillin – [Performing 1 Henry IV]David Scott Kastan – “The King Hath Many Marching in His Coats,” or, What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?C. L. Barber – [Mingling Kings and Clowns]Michael Bristol – [The Battle of Carnival and Lent]Samuel Crowl – [Welles and Falstaff]Patricia Parker – [Fat Lady Falstaff]Coppélia Kahn – [Masculine Identities]Gus Van Sant – [My Own Private Idaho]Susan Wiseman – [Shakespeare in Idaho]Jean E. Howard and Phyllis Rackin – [Gender and Nation]Christopher Highley – [Defining the Nation]Barbara Hodgdon – [Endings]Selected Bibliography
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