King Henry IV, Part 1

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Arden Shakespeare, Nov 7, 2002 - Drama - 398 pages
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David Scott Kastan lucidly explores the remarkable richness and the ambitious design of King Henry IV Part 1 and shows how these complicate any easy sense of what kind of play it is. Conventionally regarded as a history play, much of it is in fact conspicuously invented fiction, and Kastan argues that the non-historical, comic plot does not simply parody the historical action but by its existence raises questions about the very nature of history. The full and engaging introduction devotes extensive discussion to the plays language, indicating how its insistent economic vocabulary provides texture for the social concerns of the play and focuses attention on the central relationship between value and political authority.

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Review: King Henry IV, Part 1 (Wars of the Roses #2)

User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

In preparation for the Utah Shakespeare Fesitval, I read this play in conjunction with watching the PBS series The Hollow Crown. (My arguments for reading the play versus seeing the play and having it ... Read full review

Review: King Henry IV, Part 1 (Wars of the Roses #2)

User Review  - Rlotz - Goodreads

This is the first of Shakespeare's histories that I've read, and it was great. For some reason, I suspected that Shakespeare's histories would be inferior to his comedies and tragedies. Maybe it's ... Read full review


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David Scott Kastan is a professor of English at Yale University.

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