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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Harry Andrews, Pamela Brow Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This updated edition offers a strongly theatrical perspective on the origins of Shakespeare’s The First Part of King Henry IV and the history of its interpretation. The introduction clarifies the play’s surprising, uncentered dramatic structure, questioning the dominant assumption that the drama focuses on the education of Prince Hal. It calls attention to the effects of civil war upon a broad range of relationships. Falstaff’s unpredictable vitality is explored, together with important contemporary values of honor, friendship, festivity, and reformation. Extensive lexical glosses of obscure, ambiguous, or archaic meanings make the rich wordplay accessible. The notes also provide a thorough commentary on Shakespeare’s transformation of his sources (particularly Holinshed’s Chronicles) and suggest alternative stagings. This updated edition also contains a new introductory section by Katharine A. Craik, which describes recent stage, film, and critical interpretations and an updated reading list.

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