1 Henry IV : a critical guide by Stephen Longstaffe

By Stephen Longstaffe

I Henry IV has regularly been considered one of Shakespeare's preferred performs and this serious advisor deals a finished consultant to the wide variety of feedback at the play and its vital figures, together with Falstaff. It introduces the play's severe and function historical past, together with extraordinary level productions along television, movie and radio models. It contains a keynote bankruptcy outlining significant parts of present examine on Read more...

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Fortunes, p. 22. 51. Wilson, J. , Fortunes, p. 36. 52. W. H. Auden, ‘The Prince’s Dog’ (1948), in Henry the Fourth Parts I and II: Critical Essays, ed. , 1986), pp. 157–80 (p. 163). 53. Northrop Frye, ‘The Argument of Comedy’ (1949), in Henry the Fourth Parts I and II: Critical Essays, ed. , 1986), pp. 181–86; William Empson, ‘Falstaff and Mr Dover Wilson’ (1953), in Shakespeare: Henry IV Parts I and II: A Casebook, ed. G. K. Hunter (London: Macmillan, 1970), pp. 135–54; Bernard Spivack, ‘Shakespeare and the Allegory of Evil’ (1958), in Henry the Fourth Parts I and II: Critical Essays, ed.

1986). 59. Robert Watson, Shakespeare and the Hazards of Ambition (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1984). 60. Sigurd Burckhardt, ‘Shakespearean Meanings’ (1968), in Henry the Fourth Parts I and II: Critical Essays, ed. , 1986), pp. 289–314. THE CRITICAL BACKSTORY 33 61. Derek Cohen, ‘The Rites of Violence in 1 Henry IV’, Shakespeare Survey, 38 (1985), 77–84. 62. For example, Valerie Traub, ‘Prince Hal’s Falstaff: Positioning Psychoanalysis and the Female Reproductive Body’, Shakespeare Quarterly, 40 (1989), 456–74.

He continued in the role until his retirement in 1751, with David Garrick playing Hotspur alongside him at Drury Lane in 1746. 5 Lord Lyttleton praised Quin for ‘such perfection . . he was 38 1 HENRY IV not an actor . . 6 Therefore it is with incredulity that we learn that Quin cut what is for many one of the most effective and enjoyable scenes of the play, the ‘play extempore’ from Act II Scene iv. Quin’s cut pleased some (Francis Gentleman felt the scene ‘rather choaked and loaded the main business’ and that it was ‘dreadfully tedious in representation’) but agitated others, perhaps the most famous of whom was Abraham Lincoln, who demanded ‘to know why one of the best scenes in the play, that where Falstaff and Prince Hal alternately assume the character of the king, is omitted in the representation’.

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