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Henry IV, Part 2
by William Shakespeare and Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine


Overview - "Henry IV, Part 2" is the only Shakespeare play that is a sequel, in the modern sense, to an earlier play of his. Like most sequels, it repeats many elements from the previous work, "Henry IV, Part 1." This play again puts on stage Henry IV s son, Prince Hal, who continues to conceal his potential greatness by consorting with tavern dwellers, including the witty Sir John Falstaff.  Read more...

 
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More About Henry IV, Part 2 by William Shakespeare; Barbara A. Mowat; Paul Werstine
 
 
 
Overview
"Henry IV, Part 2" is the only Shakespeare play that is a sequel, in the modern sense, to an earlier play of his. Like most sequels, it repeats many elements from the previous work, "Henry IV, Part 1." This play again puts on stage Henry IV s son, Prince Hal, who continues to conceal his potential greatness by consorting with tavern dwellers, including the witty Sir John Falstaff.
As in "Part 1," Prince Hal and Falstaff seek to best each other in conversation, while Falstaff tries to ingratiate himself with Hal and Hal disdains him. "Part 2" adds some fresh characters, the rural justices Shallow and Silence and Shallow s household. Political rebellion, while important to the plot, does not loom as large as in "Part 1." There are no glorious champions; combat is replaced by deception, cunning, and treachery.
The authoritative edition of "Henry IV, Part 2" from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes:
-Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
-Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
-Scene-by-scene plot summaries
-A key to the play s famous lines and phrases
-An introduction to reading Shakespeare s language
-An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
-Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library s vast holdings of rare books
-An annotated guide to further reading
Essay by A. R. Braunmuller
The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world s largest collection of Shakespeare s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780743485050
  • ISBN-10: 074348505X
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press
  • Publish Date: December 2005
  • Page Count: 338

Series: Folger Shakespeare Library

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