Tragedy of King Richard III: The Oxford Shakespeare

Tragedy of King Richard III: The Oxford Shakespeare

Paperback Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

By (author) William Shakespeare, Volume editor John Jowett

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 424 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 24mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199535884
  • ISBN 13: 9780199535880
  • Illustrations note: numerous illustrations of productions of the play
  • Sales rank: 54,283

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Richard III is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays on the stage and has been adapted successfully for film. This new and innovative edition recognizes the play's pre-eminence as a performance work: a perspective that informs every aspect of the editing. Challenging traditional practice, the text is based on the 1597 Quarto which, it is argued, brings us closest to the play as it would have been staged in Shakespeare's theatre. The introduction, which is illustrated, explores the long performance history from Shakespeare's time to the present. Its critical engagement with the play responds to recent historicist and gender-based approaches. The commentary gives detailed explication of matters of language, staging, text, and historical and cultural contexts, providing coverage that is both carefully balanced and alert to nuance of meaning. Documentation of the extensive textual variants is organized for maximum clarity: the readings of the Folio and the Quarto are presented in separate banks, and more specialist information is given at the back of the book. Appendices also include selected passages from the main source and a special index of actors and other theatrical personnel. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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This is far and away the finest critical edition of the play available Eric Rasmussen, Shakespeare Survey

Table of contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS ; INTRODUCTION ; Taking Shape ; Episodes on the Edge of History ; On Stage ; In Print ; EDITORIAL PROCEDURES ; Abbreviations and References ; THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD III ; APPENDICES: ; Passages first printed in the 1623 Folio ; Quarto copy for F ; Alterations to lineation ; Longer textual notes ; Passages from Sir Thomas More's 'History of Richard III' ; A Prologue for the theatre ; Index of actors, directors, and others ; INDEX