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  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Arden Shakespeare; New Ed edition (7 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904271359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904271352
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire and was baptised on 26 April 1564. Thought to have been educated at the local grammar school, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he went on to have three children, at the age of eighteen, before moving to London to work in the theatre. Two erotic poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece were published in 1593 and 1594 and records of his plays begin to appear in 1594 for Richard III and the three parts of Henry VI. Shakespeare's tragic period lasted from around 1600 to 1608, during which period he wrote plays including Hamlet and Othello. The first editions of the sonnets were published in 1609 but evidence suggests that Shakespeare had been writing them for years for a private readership.

Shakespeare spent the last five years of his life in Stratford, by now a wealthy man. He died on 23 April 1616 and was buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. The first collected edition of his works was published in 1623.

(The portrait details: The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. NPG1, © National Portrait Gallery, London)

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David Scott Kastan is a professor of English at Yale Unveristy and one of the General Editors of the Arden Shakespeare Third Series.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robbie Swale VINE VOICE on 27 Nov 2007
Format: Paperback
Henry IV Part One has been thoroughly enjoyable on each of the three times I have seen it before - even on the occasion that I saw the character of Hotspur played by one of the worst actors I have ever seen in a professional production! But that's one of the joys of the play, in Henry, Hal, Hotspur and Falstaff there are four main characters, each of which has the possibility of enchanting the audience. This would, I imagine, also make it a fascinating play to put on a production of.

But the main thing about the Arden versions, and this is no exception, is that they provide a very in-depth guide to understanding the words of the play (there are often as many notes on a page as there is text), and excellent and interesting introductions.

So I recommend this on two counts - it is amongst Shakespeare's most interesting and engaging plays, and this version will help you get the most out of the play!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doc Barbara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Mar 2012
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This play is one of Shakespeare's richest in characters, themes and set-piece scenes. Falstaff needs no introduction: the fat man who fears shame and yet represents humanity, irresponsibility and the common-sense approach to the concept of honour (that it does not help you when you are dead!) Hal, his companion in the ale house, knows he must give up Falstaff's company when he is King and he prefaces this renunciation (which occurs in Part II) at the end of the marvellously comic scene of role-playing in the inn. "Banish plump Jack, and banish all the world," says Falstaff, playing Hal who answers, "I do, I will" speaking as the King. No-one knows of Hal's soliloquy in which he reveals to the theatre audience that he will reform when crowned, and his father is justifiably alarmed at his behaviour when he needs him to help put down the rebellion. Hotspur, one of the rebels, shows another version of irresponsibility: inability to keep his temper and an impulsive nature where his honour is concerned, to say nothing of incompetence: "I have forgot the map!" Shakespeare alters his actual age to make him a contrast to Hal and his death on the battle field is moving as the young man seems to stammer his last words. Another set piece is the robbery (not serious as they give the money back) where Falstaff hilariously exaggerates the number of his opponents but there is an underlying serious political side to the drama: war is harsh and a king must make cruel decisions particularly when his throne is insecure. Falstaff does die of a broken heart at the start of Henry V as a result of his treatment by Hal.
(I am less of a fan of the Arden editions than some reviewers as I find that the footnotes intrude on the text too much)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Shakespeare and Arden!! 20 Aug 2003
By "agh212" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an exemplary edition; beautifully presented and impressively researched. The text is clear, and the notes are models of learning, common sense, and clarity. The introduction, though lengthy, is a remarkable essay in itself, demonstrating exactly why this play has fascinated audiences and readers for 400 years. All serious students of Shakespeare will want this on their shelves.
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at last! 15 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the best edition of 1 Henry IV on the market today; and probably the most impressive of the new Arden series. The intro is energetically written and always interesting; the glosses are lucid and helpful; the text beautifully presented. This is the wonderful Arden Shakespeare at its very best!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
about time! 12 Sep 2003
By alan peters - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Arden's are always wonderful but the Henry IV was almost 50 years old--at last there is a new edition and it was actually worth the wait! This is one of the best editions of any Shakespeare play I have ever seen. A must for any high school or college library. A must for any lover of Shakespeare.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
a wonderful edition 9 Oct 2003
By Kerry Cole - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you want a scholarly edition of the play, this is the one: the introduction is an extended and brilliant essay on the play; the text is clearly presented, and the commentary full and useful; and the book itself is attractive and easy to use. It is perfect for teachers, grad. students, advanced undergraduates, and actors and directors involved with the play.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
the best 30 Oct 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ardens are the best editions; this is the best of the new generation of Ardens--and it is a great play.
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