King Henry V (New Cambridge Shakespeare Series)

King Henry V (New Cambridge Shakespeare Series)

by William Shakespeare, Andrew Gurr
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Cambridge University Press

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King Henry V (New Cambridge Shakespeare Series)

Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare's most majestic works. Set in the tumultuous days of ancient Rome, this play is renowned for its memorable characters and political intrigue, and it has been captivating audiences and readers since it was first presented more than 400 years ago. This invaluable new study guide to one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies contains a selection of the finest criticism through the centuries on Julius Caesar, including commentaries by such important critics as Ben Jonson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kenneth Burke, and many others. Students will also benefit from the additional features in this volume, including an introduction by Harold Bloom, an accessible summary of the plot, an analysis of several key passages, a comprehensive list of characters, a biography of Shakespeare, essays discussing the main currents of criticism in each century since Shakespeare's time, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521293693
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/28/1992
Series: New Cambridge Shakespeare Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     iv
A 'History' Play     iv
The Plantagents family tree     vi
Leading Characters in the Play     viii
Synopsis     ix
Henry IV Part 1: Commentary     xi
Sir John Falstaff     xxvi
Sir John Falstaff: An Appreciation   Dr Samuel Johnson     xxx
Shakespeare's Verse     xxxi
Source, Text, and Date     xxxii
Characters in the Play     xxxiv
Henry IV Part 1     1
The Historical Background     126
Selections from The Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland     128
Background     133
England in c.1592     133
Government     133
Religion     133
Education     134
Language     134
Drama     134
Theatre     135
William Shakespeare, 1564-1616     137
Approximate Dates of Composition of Shakespeare's Works     139
Exploring Henry IV Part 1 in the Classroom     140
Ways into the Play     140
Setting the Scene     142
Keeping Track of the Action     143
Characters     144
Themes     145
Shakespeare's Language     146
Exploring with Drama     146
Writing about Henry IV Part 1     147
Further Reading and Resources     149

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