Henry V

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Drama - 330 pages
Henry V, the climax of Shakespeare's sequence of English history plays, is an inspiring, often comic celebration of a young warrior-king. But it is also a study of the costly exhilarations of war, and of the penalties as well as the glories of human greatness. Introducing this brilliantly innovative edition, Gary Taylor shows how Shakespeare shaped his historical material, examines controversial critical interpretations, discusses the play's fluctuating fortunes in performance, and analyses the range and variety of Shakespeare's characterization. The first Folio text is radically rethought, making original use of the First Quarto (1600).
 

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Contents

List of Illustrations
3
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
5
Charles Keans Siege of Harfleur
49
Theophilus Cibber as Pistol
64
Editorial Procedures
75
APPENDIX
238
The King in a morris dance
283
The English armys route to Agincourt
284
The blind goddess Fortune
285
The Two Versions of 4 5
287
APPENDIX C
303
APPENDIX
316
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Gary Taylor is Professor of English, Brandeis University. Associate Editor of the Complete Oxford Shakespeare, he is also the author of several critical studies of Shakespeare and his works.

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