1st Edition

Henry IV, Parts I and II
Critical Essays





ISBN 9781138850774
Published November 29, 2016 by Routledge
480 Pages

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Originally published in 1986. This volume points to the rich variety of critical responses to the Henry IV plays and their complexity. It includes selections from characteristic thought of the neoclassical age, character criticism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, historical and new criticism, theatrical interpretation and other pieces by the likes of Samuel Johnson and W. H. Auden. The editor’s introduction explains the collection’s relevance and puts the pieces in context. Several chapters look at the character of Falstaff and the changing response and critique through time. Organised chronologically, the collection then ends with two pieces of theatrical criticism.

Table of Contents

Preface Joseph Price  Preface David M. Bevington  Introduction David M. Bevington  1. An Essay Towards Fixing the True Standards of Wit, Humor, Raillery, Sature and Ridicule (1744) Corbyn Morris  2. Notes from the Plays of William Shakespeare (1765) Samuel Johnson  3. An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespeare, Compared with the Greek and French Dramatic Poets (1769) Elizabeth Montague  4. An Essay on the Dramatic Character of Sir John Falstaff (1777) Maurice Morgann  5. Remarks on the Character of Falstaff (1786) Henry Mackenzie  6. Remarks Upon the Characters of Falstaff and His Group (1786) Richard Cumberland  7. Henry IV: The Character of Falstaff (1811) Samuel Taylor Coleridge  8. Henry IV in Two Parts (1817) William Hazlitt  9. The English Historical Plays (1875) Edward Dowden  10. Dramatic Opinions and Essays (1907) George Bernard Shaw  11. The Rejection of Falstaff (1902) A. C. Bradley  12. Henry IV (1939) Mark Van Doren  13. The Falstaff Myth (1943) John Dover Wilson  14. Henry IV (1944) E. M. W. Tillyard  15. The Prince’s Dog (1948) W. H. Auden  16. The Argument of Comedy (1949) Northrop Frye  17. Gadshill Revisited (1953) Arthur Colby Sprague  18. Character Versus Action in Shakespeare (1957) Robert Langbaum  19. Moral Metaphor and Dramatic Image (1958) Bernard Spivack  20. Rule and Misrule in Henry IV (1959) C. L. Barber  21. Shakespeare’s Politics and the Rejection of Falstaff (1959) G. K. Hunter  22. A Little More Than a Little (1960) R. J. Dorius  23. The Turning Away of Prince Hal (1965) Jonas A. Barish  24. Swoll’n with Some Other Grief: Shakespeare’s Prince Hal Trilogy (1968) Sigurd Burckhardt  25. Casting Off the Old Man: History and St. Paul in Henry IV (1970) D. J. Palmer  26. Hal and the ‘Play Extempore’ in 1 Henry IV (1974) Paul A. Gottschalk  27. Shakespeare’s Comic Sense as it Strikes us Today: Falstaff and the Protestant Ethic (1978) Robert G. Hunter  28. Uneasy Lies: Language and History in Shakespeare’s Lancastrian Tetralogy (1984) Ronald R. Macdonald  29. The Henry IV Plays (1984) Robert N. Watson  30. Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 at the Barbican Theatre (1983) R. L. Smallwood  31. Henry the Fourth Parts I and II: Text and Performance (1983) T. F. Wharton

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