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Title:
King Edward III
Author:
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xvi, 219 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780521434225

9780521596732
Format :
Book

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Central Library PR2859.A2 M45 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

The New Cambridge Shakespeare appeals to students worldwide for its up-to-date scholarship and emphasis on performance. The series features line-by-line commentaries and textual notes on the plays and poems. Introductions are regularly refreshed with accounts of new critical, stage and screen interpretations. King Edward III is a major addition to the Shakespearean canon, and is published here for the first time in an authoritative edition of Shakespeare's works. Its editor, Giorgio Melchiori, claims that Shakespeare is not the play's sole author but that he wrote a significant part of the text. The extent of his contribution is discussed in detail. Melchiori also explores the play's historical background and genesis both in the context of contemporary theatrical practice and in relation to Shakespeare's own early cycle of history plays. An extensive Appendix on the use of sources explains the stages in which King Edward III was composed.


Author Notes

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School.

At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry.

By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true.

Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play.

Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 1

Choice Review

Melchiori follows the standard format of "The New Cambridge Shakespeare" series and upholds its high standards for textual validity, a judicious introduction, intelligent and helpful notes, and appropriate appendixes on sources, authorship questions, and other issues. The frequent illustrations highlight historic events and places, heraldry, battle plans, and genealogies, along with contemporary productions of the play. A comparison with Shakespeare's Edward III, ed. by Eric Sams (CH, Feb'97), reveals that Sams's notes are more extensive but located at the end of the play text; Melchiori's are at the bottom of the page. The present volume incorporates in the introduction much of what Sams's places in his extensive appendixes (history, authorship issues, etc.). This edition is likely to be preferred for classroom use, whereas the Yale edition may be preferred for study. Both are highly recommended for every library. D. O. Dickerson; Judson College


Table of Contents

Introduction
Note on the text
List of characters
The text of The Reign of King Edward III, with commentary
Textual analysis
Appendix: the use of sources

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