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King Richard II

Author: William Shakespeare; Charles R Forker
Publisher: London : Arden Shakespeare, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Richard II marks, as this new and invigorating edition by Charles Forker demonstrates, an exciting advance in the development of Shakespeare's artistry. The play's unusual formality of structure and tone and the impressive eloquence of its style seem to express the mystique of kingship more emphatically than any of the earlier histories, while its subtle handling of the major action - the dethronement of an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Named Person: William Shakespeare; Richard, King of England; Richard, King of England; Richard, King of England; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Shakespeare; Charles R Forker
ISBN: 190343632X 9781903436325 1903436338 9781903436332
OCLC Number: 50727899
Description: xviii, 593 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Politics --
Language --
Afterlife --
The date --
Probable venues of early performance --
Sources --
Text: THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND --
Longer notes --
Appendices: 1. Textual analysis --
2. Doubling chart --
3. Genealogical tables.
Responsibility: edited by Charles R. Forker.

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This annotated edition of "King Richard II" takes a fresh look at the first part of Shakespeare's second tetralogy of history plays, showing how it relates to the other plays in the sequence.  Read more...

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