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Henry IV Part I: The New Oxford Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

'What is honour? A word. What is in that word 'honour'? What is that 'honour'? Air.'

A history play that combines a coming-of-age narrative with a tale of power, rebellion, friendship, and betrayal, Henry IV, Part I has been a perennial favourite from Shakespeare's time to the present. What has ensured its popularity is above all the towering figure of Falstaff, Shakespeare's greatest comic creation. The ebullient, unabashedly pleasure-seeking and brilliantly witty character has proved as irresistible for audiences as he was for his protégé, Prince Hal. This introduction discusses their relationship within the framework of the play's historical, cultural, and performative setting. At the same time, it explores the question of why the play has proved so enduringly attractive to audiences today.

The New Oxford Shakespeare offers authoritative editions of Shakespeare's works with introductory materials designed to encourage new interpretations of the plays and poems. Using the text from the landmark The New Oxford Shakespeare Complete Works: Modern Critical Edition, these volumes offer readers the latest thinking on the authentic texts (collated from all surviving original versions of Shakespeare's work) alongside innovative introductions from leading scholars. The texts are accompanied by a comprehensive set of critical apparatus to give readers the best resources to help understand and enjoy Shakespeare's work.

ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publish Date: Jul 11st, 2024
  • Pages: 192
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9780192865823
  • Categories: RenaissanceDramaShakespeare

About the Author

William Shakespeare

Indira Ghose is Professor Emeritus of English Literature, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Her most recent publications include Shakespeare and Laughter: A Cultural History (2008), Much Ado About Nothing: Language and Writing (2017), and Shakespeare in Jest (2021).

Anna Pruitt is the Managing Editor of Giving USA at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. She is an Associate Editor of New Oxford Shakespeare.

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