This edition celebrates "King Henry VI Part 2" as one of the most exciting and dynamic plays of the English renaissance theatre, with its exploration of power politics and social revolution and its focus on the relationship between divine justice and sin. An extensive discussion of performance history traces the play's progress on stage from abridgement and adaptation to full historical epic. A survey of criticism discusses the wide range of responses provoked by the play's handling of its historical theme, and concludes by focusing on the element of burlesque in the attempted social revolution portrayed.
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John Dover Wilson's New Shakespeare, published between 1921 and 1966, became the classic Cambridge edition of Shakespeare's plays and poems until the 1980s. The series, long since out-of-print, is now reissued. Each work contains a lengthy and lively introduction, main text, and substantial notes and glossary.About the Author:
Edward Burns is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Liverpool. His publications include Restoration Comedy: Crises of Desire and Identity, Character: Acting and Being on the Pre-Modern Stage, Shakespeare's Richard III (forthcoming), an edition of Five British Romantic Plays (with Paul Baines), and a collection of commissioned essays entitled Reading Rochester.
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