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Title:The Second Part of Henry the Fourth (Classic Reprint)
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Category:Plays, Classics, Drama, Fiction, Historical fiction, Literature

The Second Part of Henry the Fourth (Classic Reprint) by William Shakespeare

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Second Part of Henry the Fourth (Classic Reprint) Excerpt from The Second Part of Henry the Fourth There were good reasons for leaving the latter reigns until the end for they presented to the dramatist quite special difficulties The reigns of Richard II and Richard III were in themselves dramatic they each contained many striking incidents and moved up to an important climax The reign of Henry IV on the other hand was occupied mainly with disconnected rebellions and plots and less promising material could hardly have been presented to the dramatist Shakespeare solved this difficulty with felicitous boldness by inventing the whole series of scenes connected with Falstaff which have in reality nothing to do with the history and which were recognized even on the title pages of the published plays as separate themes The very weakness of the subject thus proved to be its strength upon the stage as it brought about the introduction of the scenes which are Shakespeare s masterpiece in comedy About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books Find more at a target blank href http www forgottenbooks com rel nofollow www forgottenbooks com a This book is a reproduction of an important historical work Forgotten Books uses state of the art technology to digitally reconstruct the work preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy In rare cases an imperfection in the original such as a blemish or missing page may be replicated in our edition We do however repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works

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