Act and scene divisions are not indicated in the Quarto; those of the First Folio have been incorporated, with one exception: scene ii of Act V has been divided into two scenes, with the concluding scenes numbered accordingly. The Third Edition includes expanded annotations.
"Contexts and Sources" includes dueling arguments on the play's completeness (one play or one half of a play?) and the naming of a central character (Falstaff or Oldcastle?).
"Criticism" includes twenty-four essays-from E. M. W. Tillyard's classic argument of an ordered Shakespearean universe to Graham Holderness's rebuttal to Gus Van Sant's interview regarding 1 Henry IV as the inspiration for his cult film, My Own Private Idaho-nineteen of them new to the Third Edition.
The Selected Bibliography has been thoroughly updated.
Gordon McMullan (D.Phil. Oxford) is Professor of English at King's College London and Director of the London Shakespeare Centre. He is the author of Shakespeare and the Idea of Late Writing: Authorship in the Proximity of Death and The Politics of Unease in the Plays of John Fletcher, and editor of the Arden Shakespeare edition of Henry VIII and the Norton Critical Edition of 1 Henry IV. He is a General Editor of Arden Early Modern Drama. He has edited or co-edited several collections of essays, including Late Style and Its Discontents, Women Making Shakespeare, Reading the Medieval in Early Modern England, and In Arden: Editing Shakespeare.
Preface A Note on the Text Abbreviated Genealogy of the Mortimers and the House of Lancaster The Text of 1 Henry IV Contexts and Sources COMPOSITION AND PUBLICATION Excerpt from the 1598 Quarto ONE PLAY OR TWO? Harold Jenkins - The Structural Problem in Shakespeare's "Henry the Fourth" Paul Yachnin - History, Theatricality, and the "Structural Problem" in the Henry IV Plays FALSTAFF OR OLDCASTLE? Gary Taylor - The Fortunes of Oldcastle David Scott Kastan - [Reforming Falstaff] ORIGINS Peter Saccio - [Shakespearean History and the Reign of Henry IV] Edward Hall - Henry, Prince of Wales Raphael Holinshed - Elizabeth and the Uniting of the Two Houses Anonymous - An Homilee against disobedience and wylful rebellion Raphael Holinshed - The Chronicles of England Samuel Daniel - The Ciuile Wars The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth Criticism John Dryden - The Composition of a Character Samuel Johnson - [Falstaff] Elizabeth Montagu - [Hal, Falstaff, and Taste] Maurice Morgann - An Essay on the Dramatic Character of Sir John Falstaff John Dover Wilson - The Falstaff Myth Arthur C. Sprague - Gadshill Revisited E.M.W. Tillyard - The Second Tetralogy Henry Ansagar Kelly - [Providence and Progaganda] Graham Holderness - [Tillyard, History, and Ideology] Sigurd Burckhardt - [Symmetry and Disorder] John Wilders - [Knowledge and Misjudgement] Stephen Greenblatt - [Theater and Power] Scott McMillin - [Performing 1 Henry IV] David Scott Kastan - "The King Hath Many Marching in His Coats," or, What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? C. L. Barber - [Mingling Kings and Clowns] Michael Bristol - [The Battle of Carnival and Lent] Samuel Crowl - [Welles and Falstaff] Patricia Parker - [Fat Lady Falstaff] Coppelia Kahn - [Masculine Identities] Gus Van Sant - [My Own Private Idaho] Susan Wiseman - [Shakespeare in Idaho] Jean E. Howard and Phyllis Rackin - [Gender and Nation] Christopher Highley - [Defining the Nation] Barbara Hodgdon - [Endings] Selected Bibliography