The First Part of King Henry IV Paperback
Edited by Judith Weil, Herbert Weil
Part of the The New Cambridge Shakespeare series
The New Cambridge Shakespeare appeals to students worldwide for its up-to-date scholarship and emphasis on performance.
The series features line-by-line commentaries and textual notes on the plays and poems.
Introductions are regularly refreshed with accounts of new critical, stage and screen interpretations.
This second edition of The First Part of King Henry IV offers a theatrical perspective on the origins of Shakespeare's play and the history of its interpretation.
In their introduction the editors, Herbert and Judith Weil, clarify the play's de-centred dramatic structure and call attention to the effects of civil war on a broad range of relationships.
Falstaff's unpredictable vitality is also explored, together with such important contemporaneous values as honour, friendship, festivity and reformation.
Lexical glosses make the rich wordplay accessible, while the notes provide a thorough commentary on Shakespeare's transformation of his sources.
A supplementary section by Katharine Craik focuses on important modern interpretations.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 251 pages, 12 b/w illus.
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 18/10/2007
- Category: Shakespeare plays
- ISBN: 9780521687430
- Hardback from £36.19
- Paperback from £13.59
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Review by AliceAnna
Much more interesting than Richard II. The love of Henry IV for Hotspur over his own son seems to foreshadow the King Lear tragedy. Shakespeare depicts HIV as a fairly weak king, in my opinion, but I suppose this is meant to boost HV's status.The Hal/Falstaff robbery scene was quite amusing and set up the drama of the Hal/Hotspur confrontation with Falstaff taking credit for Hotspur's death.