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The Henry Irving Shakespeare 8 Volume Paperback Set: The Henry Irving Shakespeare: Volume 3 (Cambridge Library Collection - Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama)

The Henry Irving Shakespeare 8 Volume Paperback Set: The Henry Irving Shakespeare: Volume 3 (Cambridge Library Collection - Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama)

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William Shakespeare
Cambridge University Press, 7/20/2009
EAN 9781108001458, ISBN10: 1108001459

Paperback, 536 pages, 21.6 x 14 x 3 cm
Language: English

Henry Irving, the influential and controversial Victorian actor, was closely involved in the publication of this distinctive Shakespeare edition. As an actor, his concern was largely with the intellectual project of seeing each play as a unified work, rather than with producing strong emotional effects in the audience. In the words of his obituary in The Times, he appealed to scholars 'by his reverent and often acute treatment of the text', and accustomed playgoers to look for 'more than empty amusement'. To the edition, he brought a sense of the plays in performance which has never been equalled before or since. Addressing a general readership, he both included notes on cuts used by professional companies and suggested others that would facilitate amateur performances. Gordon Browne's illustrations, which suggest the contemporary styles of stage costume, are another attractive feature of this edition, which will appeal to Shakespearians and theatre historians alike.

1. King Richard III
2. King John
3. The Merchant of Venice
4. King Henry IV, Part I
5. King Henry IV, Part II.