Richard II

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Simon and Schuster, 23.08.2011 - 352 Seiten
Shakespeare’s Richard II presents a momentous struggle between Richard II and his cousin Henry Bolingbroke. Richard is the legitimate king; he succeeded his grandfather, King Edward III, after the earlier death of his father Edward, the Black Prince. Yet Richard is also seen by many as a tyrant. He toys with his subjects, exiling Bolingbroke for six years.

When he seizes the title and property that should be Bolingbroke’s, Richard threatens the very structure of the kingdom. Bolingbroke returns with an army that is supported by nobles and commoners alike, both believing themselves oppressed by Richard. This sets the stage for a confrontation between his army and the tradition of sacred kingship supporting the isolated but now more sympathetic Richard.

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-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
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-An annotated guide to further reading

Essay by Harry Berger, Jr.

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Editors Preface
ix
Shakespeares Richard II
xiii
Richard II
xiv
Shakespeares Life
xxviii
Shakespeares Theater
xl
The Publication of Shakespeares Plays
xlix
An Introduction to This Text
liii
Text of the Play with Commentary
1
ACT 3 Scene 2
111
ACT 3 Scene 3
125
ACT 3 Scene 4
139
ACT 4 Scene 1
151
ACT 5 Scene 1
179
ACT 5 Scene 2
187
ACT 5 Scene 3
195
ACT 5 Scene 4
207

ACT 1 Scene 1
7
ACT 1 Scene 2
21
ACT 1 Scene 3
25
ACT 1 Scene 4
47
ACT 2 Scene 1
57
ACT 2 Scene 2
79
ACT 2 Scene 3
89
ACT 2 Scene 4
103
ACT 3 Scene 1
107
ACT 5 Scene 5
209
ACT 5 Scene 6
217
Longer Notes
223
Textual Notes
229
A Modern Perspective
237
Further Reading
273
Key to Famous Lines and Phrases
289
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Über den Autor (2011)

William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England’s Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children—an older daughter Susanna and twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare’s working life was spent in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright and poet, but also as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Although some think that sometime between 1610 and 1613 Shakespeare retired from the theater and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616, others believe that he may have continued to work in London until close to his death.

Barbara A. Mowat is Director of Research emerita at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Consulting Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, and author of The Dramaturgy of Shakespeare’s Romances and of essays on Shakespeare’s plays and their editing.

Paul Werstine is Professor of English at the Graduate School and at King’s University College at Western University. He is a general editor of the New Variorum Shakespeare and author of Early Modern Playhouse Manuscripts and the Editing of Shakespeare and of many papers and articles on the printing and editing of Shakespeare’s plays.

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