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King John : New Cambridge Shakespeare - William Shakespeare

King John

New Cambridge Shakespeare

Hardcover Published: 30th March 1990
ISBN: 9780521221962
Number Of Pages: 226

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King John had a distinguished life on the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century stage, but for most of this century the play has been undervalued. The introduction to Professor Beaurline's edition presents the fullest account to date of the stage history, with accompanying illustrations to suggest the dramatic potential of the script. The play's political importance, its rich and varied language, and its skilful design suggest that King John deserves a high place among Shakespeare's historical tragedies. Professor Beaurline points out that late in the play the Bastard Falconbridge's character assumes some of the attitudes of Montaigne, especially his mixed feelings about the affairs of this world. The textual analysis includes examination of several disputed emendations to the text. In the appendix Beaurline surveys the arguments about the dating of Shakespeare's King John and the anonymous Troublesome Reign of King John, and he presents new evidence for the possibility that Shakespeare's play was written first. In the course of the argument King John is seen as an original play of considerable stature, expressing important historical and political ideas, explored through private conscience.

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Date and Sourcesp. 2
The Textp. 19
Early Recordsp. 19
Copy for King John in the Foliop. 20
Act and Scene Divisionp. 25
Revisionp. 36
'King John': A Critical Introductionp. 38
Political Language and the Language of King Johnp. 39
Wills and the Crown of Englandp. 54
Monarchs, Parents, and the Bastardp. 61
Patterns of Action in King Johnp. 72
'King John' in the Theatrep. 79
Early Stage Historyp. 79
The Text in the Theatrep. 82
Theatrical Reputation and Stage Historyp. 84
Editorial Proceduresp. 95
Abbreviations and Referencesp. 104
The Life and Death of King Johnp. 115
Speech-prefixes in Act 2p. 271
'Care' (4.2.117)p. 284
'An angel spake' (5.2.64)p. 286
Lineation and Speech Assignments, 5.6.1-6p. 290
5.7.117-18p. 297
Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9780521221962
ISBN-10: 052122196X
Series: New Cambridge Shakespeare
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 30th March 1990
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.48