Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 May 2009

240 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719080647

Bookseller Code (06)


The First and Second Parts of King Edward the Fourth

By Thomas Heywood

Richard Rowland

Published by Manchester University Press

Revels Plays MUP

  • Edward IV was one of the best-loved plays of the early modern period, but this is the first edition to appear since the 1870s
  • The play is generically complex, blurring the distinctions between chronicle history and 'domestic' tragedy
  • This was a politically explosive work, which depicts the streets and houses in which its original spectators lived and worked with an unprecedented precision
  • This text has already been used by actors at Shakespeare's Globe, who recently gave the first London performance of the play for almost four centuries
  • Demonstrates the play's remarkable range of sources, and examines the unusual dramatic technique, opening up the play to a new generation of scholars and performers

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