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Four Histories ("Richard II", "Henry IV Part One", "Henry IV Part Two", "Henry V")
Contains Richard II, Henry IV Part One, Henry IV Part Two, and Henry V. Each play possesses its own distinctive mood, tone and style, and together they inhabit the turbulent period of change from the usurpation of the throne of Richard II by Bolingbroke to the triumph of heroic kingship in Henry V.
Paperback, 880 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Penguin Classics
(first published 1599)
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All the lapidary dialogue that you would expect from Shakespeare, dosed with a surprising amount of early modern ethnic humor (those Welsh and their leeks, ha ha!) I also found the scenes with Falstaff and his fellow tavern denizens to be more grim then funny - on the page, Sir John comes across more like a scheming bully than a jovial buffoon, although it's easy to imagine an actor making the character more likeable onstage. The cycle as a whole doesn't quite stand up to all-time greats like Ha...more
William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr...moreMore about William Shakespeare...