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King Henry V (The Arden Shakespeare, Third Series) [Paperback]

William Shakespeare , T. W. Craik
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16 Mar 1995 1904271081 978-1904271086 5Rev Ed
Distinguished editor T.W. Craik makes an independent and balanced examination of the many textual problems of Henry V, providing many new emendations. "Craik's commentary is particularly ample and detailed, with careful attention to the play's language, textual problems, the interpretation of stage directions, and Shakespeare's handling of source materials...he builds up a distinct though traditionalist reading which, critically sympathetic and undogmatic, finds the play at once simple and subtle." John Jowett, Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare Survey, 1997 'With the exceptionally thorough Arden notes, and the extensive editorial coverage, including recent stage history, this Henry V is the one to have.'Times Higher Education Supplement'Craik's commentary is exemplary in its thorough treatment of critical concerns, glossaries and explanations, theatrical matters, and source material.'Barry Gaines, University of New Mexico, Shakespeare Quarterly

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Arden Shakespeare; 5Rev Ed edition (16 Mar 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904271081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904271086
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,611 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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"Craik's commentary is particularly ample and detailed, with careful attention to the play's language, textual problems, the interpretation of stage directions, and Shakespeare's handling of source materials . . . he builds up a distinct though traditionalist reading which, critically sympathetic and undogmatic, finds the play at once simple and subtle."--John Jowett, "Shakespeare Survey" "With the exceptionally thorough Arden notes, and the extensive editorial coverage, including recent stage history, this "Henry V "is the one to have."--"Times Higher Education Supplement" "Craik's commentary is exemplary in its thorough treatment of critical concerns, glossaries and explanations, theatrical matters, and source material."--Barry Gaines, University of New Mexico, "Shakespeare Quarterly "

About the Author

T. W. Craik is Emeritus Professor of English in the University of Durham in the UK. He is the author of "The Tudor Interlude" and "The Comic Tales of Chaucer," and has edited plays by Marlowe and Massinger for the New Mermaids Series, a selection of Elizabethan tragedies for Everyman's Library, Beaumont and Fletcher's "Maid's Tragedy" for the Revels Plays, and "The Merry Wives of Windsor" for the Oxford Shakespeare. He was joint editor of "Twelfth Night" in the second series of the Arden Shakespeare.

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5.0 out of 5 stars King Henry V - Arden Shakespeare 24 Feb 2014
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Absolutely spot on - Arden quality as expected. Detailed and accessible. Presentation and representation as described. New condition as stated - satisfactory delivery - quick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Henry v 6 July 2013
By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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30 years ago I read the play and then let it slip from my repertoire. So now it is new again. I started with "A Brief Guide to William Shakespeare without the Boring bits" commentary by Peter Aykroyd, and then worked my way through three film versions. Now finally I am reading the book to see what I missed.

The BBC is more complete and closer in verbiage to the original play versions. Lawerence Olivia was force to cut out much of the play because of time constraints and because of the time of the production Henry V could not look like a tyrant and they had to justify the war so it would coincide with the WWII war effort. However Kenneth Branagh, Making his directing debut, pulled out all stops. He may have missed a few lines here and there but replaced them with visuals and innuendos.

This story is based on prior works but can stand alone very well as what history of Henry is needed is mentioned in the play. Henry V was a sort of playboy (probably by cunning design) as a youth and when becoming king has decides to acquire France that is his heritage. In the process he must prove his ability to understand and lead people. One of his first tests is to detect treachery and remove it. The films leave out a lot of the information that make this story complete and interesting.

The second time through it runs much smoother but people look at you funning when you use terms like puissant. Two thirds of the words came up in the online kindle dictionary; the rest had to rely on other on line dictionaries.

In any event as usual I found many daily quotes had come from this play:
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother

If you do not come away with any other wisdom remember if you are traveling through France keep an eye on your luggage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic, and an excellent edition 1 Oct 2008
By Robbie Swale VINE VOICE
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Henry V is a wonderful play, and I loved the Arden Edition. The introduction covers a great deal, and was written recently so is up to date with details of some relatively recent productions. The commentary had just the right balance of information necessary for me to understand it, and the appendices include a full facimile of the folio text.

The play itself needs no further plaudits, but I'll give it some anyway. It's magical, full of sound bites that are hugely famous, and scenes that send shivers down your spine...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A popular play in an edition fabulously rich in help 14 Aug 2005
By Craig Matteson - Published on Amazon.com
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This play is best known for the St. Crispian's Day "Band of Brothers" speech given by King Henry just before the battle at Agincourt. It is a powerful speech that rallies people at all times and in every place. Sir Lawrence Olivier made a film version in 1944 during WWII and Kenneth Branagh made another as recently as 1989. You can count on there being more versions. Epecially so when computers can help them make spectacular battle scenes (that aren't really in the play) with less expense.

Audiences love this play and they should. There is a lot to like and enjoy. I think upon repeated readings Henry becomes a more equivocal character than he seems at first. And readers of the King Henry IV plays will know him before he became King Henry and know something deeper about his personality.

And of course there is the whole bit about the drive to France being sponsored by the Church to avoid confiscation of property by the Crown. Moreover, there is the slaughtering of the French prisoners, and his treatment of Falstaff (who dies offstage in this play). This isn't revisionist stuff, it is right there in the play, but it is easy to miss the first time you are trying to take in the play.

In any case, this Arden edition is the one to buy and read from. Why? Because it has the most authoritative text, but that is only the beginning. It also shows variants between the early sources. The notes at the bottom of each page of the play are simply fabulous. The editor includes not only helpful notes explaining what might be obscure in the text of the play, he provides sources Shakespeare probably used such as Holinshed and makes for some very interesting study. There are also some helpful notes on how various scenes have been performed over time.

And to make this sound more like an infomercial, you get more! The introduction provides great background material on the play, its sources, and how it has been performed throughout history. After the play, there is a photo reproduction of the first Quarto from 1600 and it is fairly readable. There are also a couple of maps showing the path of the English Army from Harfleur through other towns on its way to Calais and makes clear how they had to pass through Agincourt.

There is also a helpful genealogical table so you can see the confusing claims used by Henry and the French nobility to make their claims. And there is a doubling chart so you can see how theater companies can perform all the roles with fewer actors.

This is a great edition as are all the plays published by the Arden Shakespeare. The amount of work collected in these volumes is stunning and they will enrich your experience of the plays tremendously. I can't recommend them enough.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bard Rules and so Does Arden 26 Dec 2012
By Grushinka - Published on Amazon.com
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There's not much else to say about Shakespeare except to say that I don't think any other publisher enhances the experience for the non-scholar like Arden does. I will not read any other editions. So, of course, to me, they both merit 5 stars.
I do have one gripe, however. I fail to see the charm and humor of Falstaff. From what I've read, the Elizabethans were wild about him and could not get enough. I just don't get it. To me, he is a smarmy, lazy, immoral conniver who does not entertain. I just can't get past his faults and their effects on others to enjoy him the way the Elizabethan's, apparently, did. I've been reading the histories in order and he did not die soon enough for me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Henry v 13 May 2013
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
30 years ago I read the play and then let it slip from my repertoire. So now it is new again. I started with "A Brief Guide to William Shakespeare without the Boring bits" commentary by Peter Aykroyd, and then worked my way through three film versions. Now finally I am reading the book to see what I missed.

The BBC is more complete and closer in verbiage to the original play versions. Lawerence Olivia was force to cut out much of the play because of time constraints and because of the time of the production Henry V could not look like a tyrant and they had to justify the war so it would coincide with the WWII war effort. However Kenneth Branagh, Making his directing debut, pulled out all stops. He may have missed a few lines here and there but replaced them with visuals and innuendos.

This story is based on prior works but can stand alone very well as what history of Henry is needed is mentioned in the play. Henry V was a sort of playboy (probably by cunning design) as a youth and when becoming king has decides to acquire France that is his heritage. In the process he must prove his ability to understand and lead people. One of his first tests is to detect treachery and remove it. The films leave out a lot of the information that make this story complete and interesting.

The second time through it runs much smoother but people look at you funning when you use terms like puissant. Two thirds of the words came up in the online kindle dictionary; the rest had to rely on other on line dictionaries.

In any event as usual I found many daily quotes had come from this play:
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother

If you do not come away with any other wisdom remember if you are traveling through France keep an eye on your luggage.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Choice! 5 Feb 2013
By Amanda Glasgo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read this for school and really liked the edition! It had interesting footnotes that gave good context and much needed "translations" from Shakespearean English!
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 13 Aug 2012
By Susan A. Bolle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was very helpful with insights posted throughout for those who may have trouble with Shakespeare's writings. Would recommend it highly.
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