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By William Shakespeare Barbara A. Mowat Paul Werstine | Comments: ( 124 ) | Date: ( Nov 19, 2019 )

The authoritative edition of Richard II from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, is now available as an eBook Features include The exact text of the printed book for easy cross reference Hundreds of hypertext links for instant navigation Freshly edited text based on the best early printed verThe authoritative edition of Richard II from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, is now available as an eBook Features include The exact text of the printed book for easy cross reference Hundreds of hypertext links for instant navigation Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeare s language Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library s vast holdings of rare books An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play


  • Title: Richard II
  • Author: William Shakespeare Barbara A. Mowat Paul Werstine
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William Shakespeare Barbara A. Mowat Paul Werstine

William Shakespeare baptised 26 April 1564 was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world s pre eminent dramatist He is often called England s national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed often than those of any other playwright.Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford upon Avon Scholars believe that he died on his fifty second birthday, coinciding with St George s Day.At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain s Men, later known as the King s Men He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later Few records of Shakespeare s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613 His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare s.Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare s genius, and the Victorians hero worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called bardolatry In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.According to historians, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout the span of his life Shakespeare s writing average was 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589 There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.



Comments Richard II

  • BillKerwin

    For the first time, Shakespeare creates a compelling historical protagonist who speaks naturally in a poetic voice that is distinctively his own. In his earlier works involving kings and emperors, Shakespeare imitated Marlowe's "mighty line" with some--if not complete--success (Richard III was inherently Marlovian, which helped) but in Richard II he at last found a king--a weak man but a considerable poet, with an eye for detail--whom he could animate from the inside, a king more comfortable wit [...]


  • Bookdragon Sean

    I’ve read this four times now, and I’ve seen three different versions of it too, yet one thing remains certain throughout, this can be interpreted in so many different ways. Shakespeare’s wonderful like that; he’ll write a line or a piece of verse that can be taken in so many ways, ultimately, changing the meaning of the play depending on how it is read or adapted. Indeed, Shakespeare doesn’t judge his characters. Instead he portrays them how they may have perceived themselves. To Rich [...]


  • James

    Book Review4 out of 5 stars to Richard II, a tragedy or historical account written in 1595 by William Shakespeare. Richard II is the first of a series written about the War of the Roses, a famous tug-of-war over England's throne just prior to Shakespeare's time. This is the most fascinating period of English history for me and I loved reading this play. Though Richard III is my favorite of all the kinds during this era, the circumstance surrounding Richard II's kingdom and power are quite unique [...]


  • Bradley

    I'm on a history kick, so what better way to supplement the immersion into The War Of The Roses than to dive into Shakespeare?Richard II begins the weakness of kings, where if one could be deposed, yet more can follow. Divine right be damned should we just rely on might?It's kind of funny, reading this for the second time after so many years and other historical accounts, just how propagandist this play really is. I suppose that shouldn't be a surprise, since it had only been a little over a cen [...]


  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Tragedy of King Richard II , William Shakespeareتاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و یکم ژوئن سال 1989 میلادیعنوان: تراژدی ریچارد دوم - نمایشنامه؛ نویسنده: ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم: احمد خزاعی؛ تهران، فرهنگخانه اسفار، 1367، در 249 ص، عکس، عنوان روی جلد: ریچارد دوم؛ موضوع: نمایشنامه ریچارد دوم شاه انگلستان از 1367 تا 1400 [...]


  • Lyn

    Richard II by William Shakespeare is an unexpected treat. I have read reviews that say this is a literary precursor to Hamlet and King Lear and I can see it, also semblances of Macbeth. The language is beautifully lyric, with strong speeches and excellent scenes, too many to list here. Gaunt’s England soliloquy is powerful as is several by the deposed and introspective king, and I especially liked York’s confrontation with Bolingbroke and the rebels. Richard is an extremely complex character [...]


  • Darwin8u

    "I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.”-- William Shakespeare, Richard II'Richard II' is a gem. It will never be my favorite, but it is fascinating and finely finished. In many ways it is William Shakespeare meets Machiavelli. Shakespeare wrote eight historical "War of the Roses" plays. They weren't written in order. It is pretty easy, if you are a Star Wars fan, to think of the plays like this. Richard II is = the Phantom Menace. Henry VI, Part 1; Henry VI, Part 2; Henry VI, Part 3; and [...]


  • Trish

    I've read Shakespeare before. Sadly, I've never seen it performed but I'm planning on changing that.Anyway, though I've read some of his plays before, I've never read one of his "Histories" until now. Since it's still History Month though and because Brad and I are doing a bit of research on The Wars of the Roses, this (and a few others) were a must-read.This play is about the titular King Richard II. And boy was he a weakling! Sorry, but there is no better way to put it. As if the times hadn't [...]


  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Richard II (Wars of the Roses #1), William Shakespeare, Roma Gill (Editor)King Richard the Second is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in approximately 1595. It is based on the life of King Richard II of England (ruled 1377–1399) and is the first part of a tetralogy, referred to by some scholars as the Henriad, followed by three plays concerning Richard's successors: Henry IV, Part 1; Henry IV, Part 2; and Henry V.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 198 [...]


  • Kelly

    This is pretty racy stuff for 1595, you guys. I would've expected as much outrage as over that Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction, but you know, for intellectual reasons. I really don't know how Shakespeare got away with performing this- this play is such stuff as justifications for censorship and treason are made on.Richard II seems like he was a very unfashionable king in 1595. He was certainly not the notion of a good king at the time- and I wouldn't assume that that was entirely a bad thing. [...]


  • Stratos

    Αλλο ένα αριστούργημα του Σαίξπηρ. Υπαρκτό και μοιραίο πρόσωπο ο Ριχάρδος ο Β΄ με του οποίου η πτώση αρχίζει στην ουσία ο γνωστός πόλεμος των Ρόδων. Ενας πόλεμος που τερματίστηκε με την άνοδο του Ερρίκου του 7ου των Τυδώρ όπου και ξεκίνησε η γνωστή δυναστεία, η οποία τερματί [...]


  • Γιώργος Μπέλκος

    «Τι κρίμα που εκείνος δεν καλλιεργούσε τον τόπο του, όπως εμείς αυτό εδώ το περιβόλι! Εμείς, μια φορά τον χρόνο, χαράζουμε προληπτικά τη φλούδα, το δέρμα των οπωροφόρων μας, μην τύχει και φουσκώσουν οι χυμοί, το αίμα τους, και σκάσουνε μες τα ίδια τους τα πλούτη -εάν ο βασιλιάς [...]


  • Nikos Tsentemeidis

    "-Μεγαλειότατε ,σ' αυτό το φέρετρο σας φέρνω το φόβο σας νεκρό - Μου είναι αδύνατον να πω ευχαριστώ. Μοιραίο το χέρι σου: έκανε τέτοια πράξη, που, σίγουρα, θα πέσει στο δικό μου το κεφάλι- Κύριέ μου, τις εντολές σας ακολούθησα πιστά.- Δεν αγαπάει το φαρμάκι όποιος το χρειάζεται -ο [...]


  • Ted

    Thus play I in one person many people,And none contented. Sometimes am I King,Then treasons make me wish myself a beggar,And so I am. Then crushing penuryPersuades me I was better when a king.Then am I kinged again.Here’s a brief chronology of the Kings of England that Shakespeare wrote about, and a few events that occurred in England during these times. Names of monarchs in bold denote Shakespeare’s plays, and the years covered (maybe) in the play.King John (1199-1216)1215 – Magna Carta12 [...]


  • Jonathan

    I memorized this as a teen and I still, after all these years, find much in it to return to:I have been studying how I may compareThis prison where I live unto the world:And for because the world is populousAnd here is not a creature but myself,I cannot do it; yet I'll hammer it out.My brain I'll prove the female to my soul,My soul the father; and these two begetA generation of still-breeding thoughts,And these same thoughts people this little world,In humours like the people of this world,For n [...]


  • Dave Russell

    Richard's death at the end of act V is nothing short of dragoleon (for an explanation of that term see here:/review/show/) Three badasses show up in Richard's cell to try and kill him but he's having none of it. He says: "Villain, thy own hand yields thy death's instrument,"["Yippy-ki-ay, motherfucker"--my paraphrase]Richard then snatches an axe from one of the mofos' hand and kills him."Go thou and fill another room in hell."["I'm Richard mothereffing Two. King Kong ain't got shit on me"]He kil [...]


  • Alex

    Richard II is one of my favorite histories, partly because the actual events surrounding Richard's fall offer plenty of drama, and partly because of its sheer beauty. Richard is eloquent to a fault - literally; he'd rather give flowery speeches than actually do anything. But what speeches! You almost forget what a moron he is.But it's the gardener's soliloquy in III.iv that's actually the prettiest, an extended rant about why he should bother weeding the garden when Richard has let pests overrun [...]


  • Naele

    تصور چیزهای خوب چیزهای بد را درد آور تر می کند.چنان غمگینم که گرچه می کوشم به هیچ نیندیشم سنگینی همین هیچ هم مرا از پای در می آورد.خیال همواره از اندوهی پیشین سرچشمه می گیرد که آن را زاده است.ای کاش بسان اندوهم بزرگ بودم.اکنون که زنده ام قلبم را لگد مال می کنند پس آنگاه که مدفون ش [...]


  • David Sarkies

    A Tragedy or a History?18 September 2011 It is difficult to determine whether Richard II is a tragedy or not. It appears that when Shakespeare first drafted the play he drafted it as a tragedy (and it is one of his earlier plays) however as his folio of plays increased, it fall among his history plays. It should be considered that not all of Shakespeare's plays fall neatly into the categories of tragedy or comedy, and this is particularly the case with his history plays (in particular Henry V). [...]


  • Melora

    I love this one. Not sure if this is my second or third reading -- GR says I read it last in Nov. 2014, but I feel like I read it last more recently -- but, again, this is a five star play for me. This time I started with Marjorie Garber's chapter on Richard, from her marvelous Shakespeare After All. Her analysis didn't provide any startling insights, but it added to my appreciation of the way Shakespeare's artistry works in this play. Anyway, I just find Richard fascinating. Sure, he's a dreadf [...]


  • João Fernandes

    Just about to see this play at the Shakespeare Globe, noticed I hadn't written a review for it. Worth every one of its five stars.


  • Terence

    Listening to Richard II, I've swung between awarding 2, 3 or 4 stars to it. Initially, the play didn't impress, and the soliloquies seemed overwrought and overlong. However, the persevering soul will find some amazing, four-star-worthy passages, the most famous perhaps being Gaunt's paean to England in Act II, scene i. Another one is found in Act III, scene iv, where a gardener laments the sorry state of the "garden" of England since its caretaker has so neglected it.It may not be as "accessible [...]


  • Trevor

    As a bit of an Irishman I guess there is a part of me that quite likes the idea of a King of England brought low (at least in part) because of his all too keen singing of ‘yo ho and off we go’ to put those rebellious Irish in their place – and that this might then lead to two centuries of civil war we now refer to as the War of the Roses. As a child of the Enlightenment (now watching that particular sun set into an ocean of fear and superstition) there really ought to be a part of me that [...]


  • Juliette

    2017 review:Every time I read this play, I like it a little bit more. I had read this as a history play — and only that — all the other times that I’ve read it; it was merely a mediocre prequel to the great Henriad. The other night, my coworker led me to start thinking of the play as a tragedy; he asked me what I thought was Richard’s tragic flaw. Really, in the end, it is difficult not to pity Richard.Instead of thinking of Richard as a power-mad despot, I started thinking of Richard as [...]


  • Marjolein

    Read all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes Note upfront: I'm far from being qualified to say anything smart or deep about this literary work. Therefore, I'll only discuss what I thought about it whilst reading it. Also, my review is going to be biased since two weeks prior to reading I went to a performance of Richard II in Shakespeare's Globe which was awesome.I was a little bit ashamed to admit that history lessons did not spoil this play for me. Admitted, English medieval history isn't taug [...]


  • Xueting

    Very lyrical and poetic. I saw the production by the British "The Hollow Crown" series before reading, and I can see it all vividly again as I read. This one deserves more people reading and studying it!


  • Laurel Hicks

    "let us sit upon the groundAnd tell sad stories of the death of kings."Gardens, plots, and tales enrich this sad story of the unkinging of Richard.


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  • Γιώργος

    Όμως, ό,τι κι αν είμαι, ούτε εγώ, ούτε οποιοσδήποτεάνθρωπος από σάρκα και οστά ευχαριστιέται:μέχρι να ησυχάσει το είναι μας μες στην ανυπαρξία(Πράξη Ε' Σκηνή 5η).


  • Laura

    From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:Richard II was the first king to insist on being called 'Majesty' and believed in the divine right of kings. In Shakespeare's lyrical play, Richard's folly and the delusion of autocracy bring about his own downfall. When he banishes Bolingbroke and then confiscates his land and wealth despite warnings, he triggers a chain of events that lead to his overthrow and the accession of Bolingbroke as King Henry IV.This is the first recording of a Shakespeare play to be bro [...]


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