Henry IV, Parts I & II, A Longman Cultural Edition / Edition 1

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The Longman Cultural Editions series presents the only paperback edition of both parts of Henry IV published in one volume, together with relevant literary and historical contextual materials that illluminate without overwhelming the primary texts. This edition presents both parts of Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays in the authoritative Bevington edition, tracing the full course of Prince Hal’s ambiguous journey from prodigal youth to his role as King Henry V, as well as the controversial career of the tavern “king,” Sir John Falstaff. Contextual materials emphasize the plays’ historical background, Shakespeare’s transformation of his sources, and the intellectual controversies that are embodied in the dramatic action. One Longman Cultural Edition can be packaged at no additional cost with any volume of The Longman Anthology of British Literature by Damrosch et al., or at a discount with any other Longman textbook.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321182746
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 1/10/2007
  • Series: Longman Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: Longman Cultural Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Levao received his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, and has held fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the author of Renaissance Minds and Their Fictions: Cusanus, Sidney Shakespeare, editor of Selected Poems of Thomas Campion, Samuel Daniel and Sir Walter Ralegh, and has published numerous essays on Renaissance literature. He has been a member of English Departments at Princeton University and Queens College, City University of New York and is currently at the English Department of Rutgers University, where he specializes in Shakespeare and early-modern intellectual history. He has recently won departmental and university-wide teaching awards.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

About Longman Cultural Editions About This Edition Introduction

Table of Dates

Select Genealogy

Henry IV, Part One Henry IV, Part Two Contexts

Shakespeare’s Historical Sources

Raphael Holinshed, from Chronicles of England,

Scotland, and Ireland, 2nd edition (1587)

Samuel Daniel, from The First Four Books of the Civil War

between the Two Houses of Lancaster and York (1595)

From The Famous Victories of Henry V (pre-1588?; pub. 1598)

Sir Thomas Elyot, from The Book Named the Governor (1531)

Obedience, Resistance, Rebellion

St. Paul, from Epistle to the Romans, ch. 13

From Certain Sermons or Homilies (1547, 1563, 1571)

From An Exhortation Concerning Obedience(1547)

From An Homily Against Disobedience and Willful Rebellion (1570; 1571).

John Ponet, from A Short Treatise of Politic Power (1556)

Philippe du Plessis-Mornay, from Vindiciae contra tyrannos (The Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants) (1579)

Shakespeare’s History Plays

A Catalogue of the several Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies contained in this Volume

William Shakespeare, from Richard II

The Fascination of Falstaff Key Statements

Samuel Johnson, from The Plays of William Shakespeare (1765)

Elizabeth Montague, from Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespeare (1769)

Maurice Morgann, from An Essay on the Dramatic Character of Sir John Falstaff (1777)

William Hazlitt, from Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays (1817)

A. C. Bradley, from “The Rejection of Falstaff,” Oxford Lectures on Poetry (1909)

Partial models

Titus Maccius Plautus, from Miles Gloriosus (The Braggart Soldier)

From The Interlude of Youth

Edmund Spenser, from The Faerie Queene, Book 1, Canto 4

From Oldcastle to Falstaff

John Foxe, from Acts and Monuments (1563)

Raphael Holinshed, from Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 2nd edition (1587)

Michael Drayton, Richard Hathaway, Antony Munday, and Robert Wilson, Sir John Oldcastle, Part One (Prologue) (1600)

William Shakespeare, from Henry VI, Part One (ca. 1590)

Theatrum Mundi

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola from Oration (on the Dignity of Man) (1486)

Sir Thomas More, from Utopia (1516)

Sir Walter Raleigh, “On the Life of Man”

William Shakespeare, from Richard III (1592), Richard II (1595), As You Like It (1599), Macbeth (1606), The Tempest (1611)

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