Shakespeare's history plays, as fresh today as when they were written, are based upon the assumption that time is not simply a destroyer but a preserver, and that 'examples past' might enable us to understand the present and anticipate the future. This lively 2007 study examines the continuing tradition of Shakespeare's history plays in stage and film productions as well as giving an account of the critical debate on these plays. Following two introductory chapters giving essential background on the genre, the English history plays are discussed in turn, bringing out the distinctive characteristics of each play: the three early Henry VI plays; the perennial stage favourite Richard III; King John; Richard II; Henry IV 1 and 2, famous for the character of Falstaff; Henry V, which is treated very differently in the film versions by Olivier and Branagh; and Henry VIII. An invaluable introduction to these fascinating and complex plays.
Author: Warren Chernaik Publisher: Cambridge University Press Published: 12/01/2007 Pages: 222 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.60lbs Size: 9.00h x 5.90w x 0.60d ISBN: 9780521671200
Review Citation(s): Reference and Research Bk News 05/01/2008 pg. 334
About the Author Chernaik, Warren: - Warren Chernaik is Visiting Professor at King's College London, and Emeritus Professor, University of London.