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William Shakespeare [electronic resource] : the history plays /
E. Pearlman.
New York : Twayne Publishers ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1992.
xi, 192 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0805770208 (alk. paper)
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New York : Twayne Publishers ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1992.
0805770208 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 185-187) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-01:
An introduction to Shakespeare's history plays, this modest volume avers neither unifying thesis nor novelty of approach. Beginning with a useful chapter entitled "The History Play in the 1590's," it reviews all three parts of Henry VI in a subsequent chapter, then treats the seven remaining plays in chronological order by devoting a separate chapter to each. Pearlman's perspective, which is humanistic, leads him to focus mainly on characterization, theme, and dramatic form, but more documentation sometimes seems necessary, as when the author alludes to recent criticism and scholarship other than that included in the endnotes and "Selected Bibliography." The latter, by the way, could be lengthened and updated to advantage. Finally, an account of the way in which contemporary "new historicist" thinking either does or does not shed light on Shakespeare's representation of political, economic, and social issues in 15th- and 16th-century England could have given this work greater currency and distinction in a field already saturated with introductory materials. Even so, undergraduate students and general readers may profit from the discussion. W. C. Watterson; Bowdoin College
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Table of Contents
Editor's Note
The History Play in the 1590sp. 1
The First, Second, and Third Parts of King Henry the Sixthp. 22
The Tragedy of King Richard IIIp. 48
King Johnp. 65
The Tragedy of King Richard IIp. 73
The First Part of King Henry the Fourthp. 88
The Second Part of King Henry the Fourthp. 123
The Life of King Henry the Fifthp. 144
The Life of King Henry the Eighthp. 172
Notesp. 183
Selected Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 189
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