King Henry IV, Part 1 (Arden Shakespeare, Third Series)

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David Scott Kastan lucidly explores the remarkable richness and the ambitious design of King Henry IV Part 1 and shows how these complicate any easy sense of what kind of play it is. Conventionally regarded as a history play, much of it is in fact conspicuously invented fiction, and Kastan argues that the non-historical, comic plot does not simply parody the historical action but by its existence raises questions about the very nature of history. The full and engaging introduction devotes extensive discussion to ...

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Overview

David Scott Kastan lucidly explores the remarkable richness and the ambitious design of King Henry IV Part 1 and shows how these complicate any easy sense of what kind of play it is. Conventionally regarded as a history play, much of it is in fact conspicuously invented fiction, and Kastan argues that the non-historical, comic plot does not simply parody the historical action but by its existence raises questions about the very nature of history. The full and engaging introduction devotes extensive discussion to the play's language, indicating how its insistent economic vocabulary provides texture for the social concerns of the play and focuses attention on the central relationship between value and political authority.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904271352
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Series: Arden Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 398
  • Sales rank: 398,401
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Scott Kastan is a professor of English at Yale Unveristy and one of the General Editors of the Arden Shakespeare Third Series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2003

    One of The Most Underrated Shakespeare Plays

    This play is one of Shakespeare's Histories, but don't let that frighten you! It is full of humor, love, and betrayal. I was assigned to read it for a class and if I hadn't been I probably would have been too intimadated to read it. Don't judge the play by it's title!

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