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Henry V: The Oxford Shakespeare (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – August 1, 2008


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  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199536511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199536511
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gary Taylor is Professor of English, Brandeis University. Associate Editor of the Complete Oxford Shakespeare, he is also the author of several critical studies of Shakespeare and his works.

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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King's New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as "an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers." Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain's Men (later under James I, called the King's Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain's Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare's plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

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By E. Ziegler on January 7, 2014
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The Oxford Shakespeare editions were recently recommended to me and I am very pleased with them. I have relied on the Arden Shakespeare for years, and find the Oxford to be a wonderful reference addition, and even a nice alternative in some cases (for instance, I was underwhelmed by the Arden Series 2 version of Henry IV part Two, but the Oxford edition more than made up for it). The text may rely more on the quarto's than the Folio, for my taste, but it's nice to have that option. The notes thorough, and plentiful. I especially enjoyed the introduction for Henry V, because it nailed one of the big reasons why some people are turned off by the play: "No one bored by war will be interested in Henry V." Right away I new I was going to enjoy this edition.
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