Four Histories     -     By: William Shakespeare
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Four Histories

Penguin Books / 1995 / Paperback

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This volume contains the tetralogy of plays - Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V - written by Shakespeare c. 1595to 1599. Each play possesses its own distinctive mood, tone and style, and together they inhabit the turbulent period of change from the usurpation of the throne of Richard II by Bolingbroke to the triumph - some would say triumphalism - of heroic kingship in Henry V. While Walter Pater in his famous essay found the central idea of the Histories to be 'the irony of kingship - average human nature, flung with wonderfully pathetic effect into the vortex of great events', others have interpreted the plays as political moralities, or as specifically Tudor versions of history. Many will agree with the Duke of Marlborough, who said he was content to know no more English history than that dramatized by Shakespeare. In this collection each play is accompanied by notes and an introduction, making this edition of particular value to students and theatre-goers.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 576
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 1995
ISBN: 014043450X
ISBN-13: 9780140434507

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Publisher's Description

This volume contains Richard II, Henry IV Part One, Henry IV Part Two, and Henry V. Each play possesses its own distinctive mood, tone and style, and together they inhabit the turbulent period of change from the usurpation of the throne of Richard II by Bolingbroke to the triumph of heroic kingship in Henry V.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Author Bio

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April, 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He died on April 23, 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford.

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