King Richard II / Edition 2

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Overview

"To Shakespeare's contemporaries, Richard II was a balanced dramatisation of the central political and constitutional issue of the time: how to cope with an unjust ruler. But over the last century or so, the play has come to be regarded as the poetic fall of a tragic hero. The introduction to this edition provides a full context for both the Shakespearean and the modern views of King Richard's fall." For this updated edition Andrew Gurr has added a new section to the Introduction in which he describes the growing interest in re-historicising and re-politicising the play, surveys a number of important professional theatre productions and guides the reader through the scholarly criticism of recent years. The Reading List has also been revised and augmented.
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"Gurr's account is hard-headed and scholarly, very deftly interweaving comment on the play's action with discussion of contemporary political events...thorough, scholarly and continuously helpful." The Times Higher Education Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521825412
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Series: New Cambridge Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: Updated edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

"He was not of an age, but for all time," declared Ben Jonson of his contemporary William Shakespeare (1564–1616). Jonson's praise is especially prescient, since at the turn of the 17th century Shakespeare was but one of many popular London playwrights and none of his dramas were printed in his lifetime. The reason so many of his works survive is because two of his actor friends, with the assistance of Jonson, assembled and published the First Folio edition of 1623.

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Table of Contents

Introduction, with new section on recent stage and critical interpretations; Note on the text; List of characters; The play; Textual analysis; Appendixes: Shakespeare's use of Holinshed; 'An Homilie Against Disobedience'; Extracts from England's Parnassus; Reading list.
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