King Richard III (Arden Shakespeare, Third Series)

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Richard III is one of the great Shakespearean characters and roles. James R Siemon examines the attraction of this villain to audiences and focuses on how beguiling, even funny he can be, especially in the earlier parts of the play. Siemon also places King Richard III in its historical context; as Elizabeth I had no heirs the issue of succession was a very real one for Shakespeare's audience. The introduction is well-illustrated and provides a comprehensive account of the play, ...

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Overview

Richard III is one of the great Shakespearean characters and roles. James R Siemon examines the attraction of this villain to audiences and focuses on how beguiling, even funny he can be, especially in the earlier parts of the play. Siemon also places King Richard III in its historical context; as Elizabeth I had no heirs the issue of succession was a very real one for Shakespeare's audience. The introduction is well-illustrated and provides a comprehensive account of the play, critical approaches to it and its varied stage history.

The edition also provides a clear and authoritative playtext, edited to the most rigorous standards of scholarship, with detailed notes and commentary on the same page. With a wealth of helpful and incisive commentary the Arden Shakespeare is the finest edition of Shakespeare you can find, giving a deeper understanding and appreciation of his work.

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"A detailed, scholarly introduction...Siemon delivers impressively...particularly in the in-depth annotations that crowd the 290 pages of text in this epic history play....Commentary and collations...necessary notes, providing historical context, chronology, and pedigrees, a pattern that is repeated throughout this edition.
 
Siemon's notes are elaborate when appropriate, and consolidated...when necessary...He authoritatively charts its historical contexts and complex theatrical afterlife."—Around the Globe magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903436899
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Series: Arden Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 237,408
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Editor James R Siemon is a Professor of English at Boston University.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    NEED HELP

    I'm writting an essay for school. How did Richard die and was it a slow death?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2011

    don't waste your time.

    texts are mostly garbage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2001

    My Review of Richard the Third

    The book Richard the third really got me into Shakspeare. It was good to say the least and I could not put it down until i was finished and I hardly ever read books.

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