Richard the Second, William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

The historical play Richard the Second, by William Shakespeare, was written sometime around 1595. It is based on Raphael Holinshed‘s Chronicles. The play focuses on the the last two years of the life of King Richard II of England, 1398-1400, especially the conflict between Richard and Henry Bolingbroke (later King Henry IV) over the kingship.  A synopsis is given by Sir Paul Harvey, from The Oxford Companion to English Literature: It deals with the arbitrary exile of Henry Bolingbroke … Continue reading Richard the Second, William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

Love’s Labour’s Lost, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

William Shakespeare‘s comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost, one of his early works that was written sometime around the mid-1590’s, is a somewhat difficult play to fully appreciate. It’s style, while sophisticated and witty, like its frequent allusions, rely on a significant understanding of the forms and court interplays of the time. This results in it being a real challenge to the modern reader.  Wikipedia’s article on the play states: Love’s Labour’s … Continue reading Love’s Labour’s Lost, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)