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King John

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ISBN-10: 0140714596

ISBN-13: 9780140714593

Edition: 2000 (Revised)

Authors: William Shakespeare, Claire McEachern, A. R. Braunmuller, Stephen Orgel, Stephen Orgel

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Edited by the eminent A.R. Braunmuller, this thorough edition of King John -- the first scholarly edition in almost fifteen years -- makes a significant contribution to the study of Shakespeare's works. Braunmuller offers a wide-ranging critical introduction, which focuses on the play'spolitical relevance in Elizabethan England, its relationship to legal issues of the day, its treatment of women and families, and its overall aesthetic importance in Shakespeare's early career. He also provides a richly detailed stage history, full annotations that are especially sensitive to theplay's language and staging, and an ample bibliographical study of the Folio (1623) text. The most comprehensive and up-to-date edition of King John currently available, this book is an invaluable resource for Shakespearean scholars, students, and theatergoers alike.
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Book details

List price: $9.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Date and Sources
The Text
Early Records
Copy for King John in the Folio
Act and Scene Division
Revision
'King John': A Critical Introduction
Political Language and the Language of King John
Wills and the Crown of England
Monarchs, Parents, and the Bastard
Patterns of Action in King John
'King John' in the Theatre
Early Stage History
The Text in the Theatre
Theatrical Reputation and Stage History
Editorial Procedures
Abbreviations and References
The Life and Death of King John
Speech-prefixes in Act 2
'Care' (4.2.117)
'An angel spake' (5.2.64)
Lineation and Speech Assignments, 5.6.1-6
5.7.117-18
Index