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Author Bloom, Harold, author.

Title Falstaff : give me life / Harold Bloom.

Publication Info. New York : Scribner, 2017.
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Location Call No. Status
 Cheshire Public Library - New Materials  NEW 822.33 BLOOM    Check Shelf
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  822.33 BLOOM    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  820 BLOOM    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  822.33 BLO    Check Shelf
 Simsbury Public Library - Non Fiction  820 BLOOM    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  Z822.3 SHAKESPEARE B    Check Shelf
Edition First Scribner hardcover edition.
Description xi, 158 pages ; 22 cm
Series Shakespeare's personalities
Bloom, Harold. Shakespeare's personalities.
Contents Prelude -- Playing Falstaff -- Beautiful, laughing, living speech -- Hotspur: die all, die merrily -- Whose Falstaff is it? -- Bardolph's nose -- Falstaff rises in the body -- Foregrounding Falstaff -- Darkening Falstaff -- Shakespeare darkening -- Who plays the King -- Ancient Pistol and Doll Tearsheet -- Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown -- Shallow and silence: Falstaff at recruitment -- Prince John of Lancaster at betrayal -- Falstaff on sherris sack -- Master Robert Shallow and Falstaff -- Falstaff in Shallow's orchard -- The arrest of Mistress Quickly and Doll Tearsheet -- The rejection of Falstaff -- The death of Sir John Falstaff.
Summary "From Harold Bloom, one of the greatest Shakespeare scholars of our time as well as a beloved professor who has taught the Bard for over half a century, an intimate, wise, deeply compelling portrait of Falstaff--Shakespeare's greatest enduring and complex comedic character. Falstaff is both a comic and tragic central protagonist in Shakespeare's three Henry plays: Henry IV, Parts One and Two, and Henry V. He is companion to Prince Hal (the future Henry V), who loves him, goads, him, teases him, indulges his vast appetites, and commits all sorts of mischief with him--some innocent, some cruel. Falstaff can be lewd, funny, careless of others, a bad creditor, an unreliable friend, and in the end, devastatingly reckless in his presumption of loyalty from the new King. Award-winning author and beloved professor Harold Bloom writes about Falstaff with the deepest compassion and sympathy and also with unerring wisdom. He uses the relationship between Falstaff and Hal to explore the devastation of severed bonds and the heartbreak of betrayal. Just as we encounter one type of Anna Karenina or Jay Gatsby when we are young adults and another when we are middle-aged, Bloom writes about his own shifting understanding of Falstaff over the course of his lifetime. Ultimately we come away with a deeper appreciation of this profoundly complex character, and the book as a whole becomes an extraordinarily moving argument for literature as a path to and a measure of our humanity. Bloom is mesmerizing in the classroom, wrestling with the often tragic choices Shakespeare's characters make. He delivers that kind of exhilarating intimacy and clarity in Falstaff, inviting us to look at a character as a flawed human who might live in our world. The result is deeply intimate and utterly compelling."--Publisher's description.
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Falstaff.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. King Henry IV.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Henry V.
Falstaff, John, Sir (Fictitious character)
Soldiers in literature.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. (OCoLC)fst00029048
Henry V (Shakespeare, William) (OCoLC)fst01356402
King Henry IV (Shakespeare, William) (OCoLC)fst01356055
Falstaff, John, Sir (Fictitious character) (OCoLC)fst00920121
Soldiers in literature. (OCoLC)fst01125333
Campanadas a medianoche (DE-588)1172760683
Shakespeare, William 1564-1616 King Henry the Fifth (DE-588)4099354-1
Shakespeare, William 1564-1616 King Henry the Fourth 1 (DE-588)4690767-1
Shakespeare, William 1564-1616 King Henry the Fourth 2 (DE-588)4670107-2
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Characters -- Falstaff.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. King Henry IV.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Henry V.
Falstaff, John, Sir (Fictitious character)
Soldiers in literature.
ISBN 9781501164132 (hardcover)
1501164139 (hardcover)
9781501164156
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