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Published: 30 September 2011

320 Pages | 15 b/w illus.

5 1/8 x 7 3/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199602285

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Richard II

The Oxford Shakespeare

William Shakespeare
Edited by Anthony B. Dawson and Paul Yachnin

Oxford World's Classics

  • The last major play in the Oxford Shakespeare series, Richard II features a freshly edited version of the text based on the early quartos and first Folio of 1623, with thorough accompanying material for readers, students, and performers.
  • Wide-ranging introduction describes the play's historical circumstances, both the period that it dramatizes (the start of the 'wars of the roses') and the period in which it was written (late Elizabethan England), and the play's political significance in its own time and our own. It also focuses on the play's richly poetic language and its success over the centuries as a play for the stage.
  • Extensive explanatory notes help readers at all levels understand and appreciate the language, characters, and dramatic action.
  • Careful analysis of textual issues for those interested in the transmission of the text.
  • Lively illustrations provide a sense of the historical background and performance history.

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