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William Shakespeare, Henry IV

By: Lerner, Laurence

Part of the Writers and their work series
0746308515 / 9780746308516
Paperback
15/03/2008
Usually dispatched within 4 weeks
United Kingdom
22 cm vii, 78 p.
further/higher education  Learn More general postgraduate undergraduate
Spine title: Henry IV.

Of Shakespeare's ten plays about English history, the two parts of "Henry IV" are certainly the finest, and have held the stage ever since they first appeared.

Their immense popularity is due mainly to the immortal figure of Falstaff, drinker, sponger, wit, beloved of audiences from the very first performances, the source of delight, disapproval and argument - after "Hamlet", perhaps the most discussed of all Shakespeare's creations.

But the two plays are also serious political dramas, concerned with political conflict, power, the nature of kingship and the difficulty of reconciling order and justice.

They can be related both to the society that produced them, and as contributions to more permanent political issues.

BIC:

2AB English, DSGS Shakespeare studies & criticism

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