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King Richard II Paperback – May 5 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Updated edition edition (May 5 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521532485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521532488
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England s Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children an older daughter Susanna and twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare s only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare s working life was spent in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright and poet, but also as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Although some think that sometime between 1610 and 1613 Shakespeare retired from the theater and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616, others believe that he may have continued to work in London until close to his death.

Andrew Gurr is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Reading. As chief academic advisor, he was a key figure in the project to rebuild Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. His many publications include Shakespeare's Opposites, The Admiral's Company 1594 1625, The Shakespearean Stage 1574 1642, 4th edition (2009) and Playgoing in Shakespeare's London, 3rd edition (2004). Professor Gurr regularly contributes articles on Shakespeare to publications ranging from Shakespeare Survey to the Times Literary Supplement.


"Gurr's account is hard-headed and scholarly, very deftly interweaving comment on the play's action with discussion of contemporary political events...thorough, scholarly and continuously helpful." The Times Higher Education Supplement

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The New Cambridge Series edition of King Richard II is a fine text, with the caveat that printing quality has reduced drastically since the old blue and orange "Updated Edition." Very dark, slightly smudgy text, particularly in the footnotes.
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HASH(0x9d6262c4) out of 5 stars Excellent Edition with Strong Supplementary Material July 7 2012
By R. J. Marsella - Published on
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Of all the History plays, Richard II may be Shakespeare's most poetic. That lyricism grows out of the portrayal of Richard II as a weak ruler who provides poetic commentary on his own demise. The Cambridge edition is a great choice for it's introductory material that sets the play within the context of political issues very much alive in Elizabethan England that mirrored to a degree the circumstances that Richard faced 200 years earlier. Questions surrounding how to deal with an unjust sovereign and the deposition of a monarch must have been delicate when Shakespeare brought this to the stage.
The background material included here is very helpful in reading this play and fully understanding it's significance.
HASH(0x9d3e478c) out of 5 stars Five Stars Feb. 19 2016
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This version of King Richard II is excellent.
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HASH(0x9eadb69c) out of 5 stars Study Abroad Nov. 1 2011
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I had to have this book for a study abroad program I was doing and I was glad to have found the book in the States because I would have had to buy it in Stratford-upon-Avon and would have had to pay for the book in pounds. It came out less expensive on Amazon than it would have been in England.