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"Now is the winter of our discontent," intones Richard, Duke of Gloucester at the beginning of Shakespeare's Richard III, one of his most abidingly popular plays, and one of the most chilling portrayals of political tyranny ever seen on stage. Richard emerges from the chaos which surrounds the reign of Henry VI, already dramatised by Shakespeare earlier in his career, determined to become king by removing his elder brother Edward IV by convincing him that their brother Clarence is plotting against the crown. The deaths of both Clarence and Edward take Richard inexorably towards the crown, and the series of murders and conspiracies that Richard masterminds confirms his claim that "I am determined to prove a villain". Richard's political and sexual charisma are truly chilling, and his seduction of Lady Anne, over her husband's corpse is one of the most disturbing scenes in Shakespeare. At another level, the play is also a strongly anti-Yorkist play, which has a vested interest in portraying Richard as such as vicious tyrant before seeing him toppled, ushering in a period of rule which prefigured the Tudor dynasty of which Elizabeth I was herself a part. The play has had a deep and lasting influence on audiences and writers; Brecht rewrote the play as The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, while both Laurance Olivier and Ian Mckellen have produced memorable film versions of Richard III, the latter updating the play into a 1930s fascist state ruled over by a Richard akin to Oswald Mosley. --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Thanks to the recent film version, Richard is again a hot property. This Dover Thrift edition is the most economical way to stock extra copies.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
SECOND MURDER Zounds, he dies: I had forgot the reward.
There is no good place to start on the play "The Tragedy of Richard III" by Shakespeare without having spoilers. Read more
Book was written in the old english grammar and you need to understand when it was written, for whom it was written, and why it was written,meaning time line and age of... Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2012 by fileman
Shakespeare's plays were meant to be enjoyed in a theatre. Reading his scripts is difficult and clumsy at best and the only reason I own this book is that I had to buy it for a... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2012 by David Sabine
Stephens is a bit much as Richard (does he have to yell so often?) but the supporting cast, with Michael York in a multitude of roles, Dame Peggy Ashcroft as Margaret, Glenda... Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2000 by meiringen
This edition has one of the best introductions I've read: informative, well-written and with photos from productions of R III. Read morePublished on July 12 2000 by Dr. Richard D. Feinman
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this book is how, despite how evil and violent Richard is, you root for him the whole way. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2000 by Gregory Baird