Prince Hal, the son of King Henry IV spends his time in idle pleasure with dissolute friends, among them the roguish Sir John Falstaff: But when the kingdom is threatened by rebellious forces, the prince must abandon his reckless ways. Taking arms against a heroic enemy, he begins a great and compelling transformation - from irresponsible reprobate to noble ruler of men.
This book includes a general introduction to Shakespeare's life and the Elizabethan theatre, a separate introduction to Henry IV, Part One, a chronology, suggestions for further reading, an essay discussing performance options on both stage and screen, and a commentary.
About the Author
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was born in Stratford-upon-Avon where his father was a prosperous glover. His early life is obscure, but he married Anne Hathaway in 1682 with whom he had two children. By 1592 he was establishing himself in London, and over the next twenty years he wrote thirty-seven plays-and contributed to many more-was a prolific poet, and was taken up by several influential patrons. His Sonnets were first printed in 1609 by George Eld for Thomas Thorpe. The identity of Mr. W.H. to whom the Sonnets are dedicated remains a mystery, as does the identity of the aristocratic youth in the Sonnets and the enigmatic Dark Lady.
Praise for "William Shakespeare: Complete Works: "
"A feast of literary and historical information."
"--The Wall Street Journal"