King John (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 23, 2011 - Drama - 352 pages
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Like most of Shakespeare’s history plays, King John presents a struggle for the English crown. The struggle this time, however, is strikingly cold-blooded and brutal.

John, the younger brother of the late Richard I, is the king, and a savage one. His opponent is a boy, his nephew Arthur, supported by the King of France and the Duke of Austria. After Arthur falls into John’s hands, John plots to torture him. Arthur’s capture gives Louis, the Dauphin of France, the opportunity to lay claim to John’s crown. John's nobles support Louis, but he schemes to betray them.

The play finds its hero in another figure: the Bastard, Sir Richard Plantagenet, an illegitimate son of Richard I. Although he has an appetite for war, he also has a strong conscience and speaks with trenchant irony.

The authoritative edition of King John from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, is now available as an eBook. Features include:

· The exact text of the printed book for easy cross-reference
· Hundreds of hypertext links for instant navigation
· Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
· Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
· Scene-by-scene plot summaries
· A key to famous lines and phrases
· An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language
· Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books
· An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
  

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What a weird play. On one level, very melodramatic and reminiscent of _Richard III_: speeches, mourning, royal concerns. And yet the beginnings of what I love about Shakespeare are here, as well. The ... Read full review

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Thus begins my reading of the so-called "History" plays of one William Shakespeare. Some I have read before, the others have been put off indefinitely...until now! So let us dive in...at the ... Read full review

Contents

Editors Preface
ix
King John
xiii
King John
xiv
Shakespeares Life
xxvi
Shakespeares Theater
xxxvi
The Publication of Shakespeares Plays
xlvi
An Introduction to This Text
l
Text of the Play with Commentary
1
ACT 4 Scene 2
135
ACT 4 Scene 3
155
ACT 5 Scene 1
171
ACT 5 Scene 2
177
ACT 5 Scene 3
189
ACT 5 Scene 5
195
ACT 5 Scene 6
197
ACT 5 Scene 7
201

ACT 1 Scene 1
7
ACT 2 Scene 1
31
ACT 3 Scene 1
77
ACT 3 Scene 2
101
ACT 3 Scene 3
103
ACT 3 Scene 4
109
ACT 4 Scene 1
125
Longer Notes
211
Textual Notes
223
Historical Background
231
A Modern Perspective
237
Further Reading
273
Key to Famous Lines and Phrases
295

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About the author (2011)

William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England’s Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children—their older daughter Susanna and the twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare’s working life was spent, not in Stratford, but in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright, but as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Sometime between 1610 and 1613, Shakespeare is thought to have retired from the stage and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616.

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