King Richard II
King Richard II
This edition is not based upon the previous Arden edition by Ivor B. John, although it has of course been consulted. Amongst editions of the play, I am chiefly indebted to that by Professor J. Dover Wilson (Cambridge University Press, 1939, second edition 1951). Although I have ventured to disagree from time to time with his findings, the debt which all modern students of Shakespeare owe to Dover Wilson is perhaps even greater than usual in the case of an editor of this play. I have also made especially continuous use of the editions by C. H. Herford (Warwick Shakespeare), W. A. Wright (Cambridge Shakespeare), and J. C. Smith and Henry Newbolt (Clarendon Press), and of the studies of various aspects of the play by A. W. Pollard,A. P. Rossiter,Richmond Noble , andPaul Reyher, and ofM. P. Tilley magnificent A Dictionary of the Proverbs in England.
I have been helped in various ways by the General Editor, Professor R. H. Bowers, Dr A. S. Cairncross, Dr N. A. Furness, Professor A. R. Humphreys, and Dr A. Macdonald and, especially, by Mr J. C. Maxwell, who gave me much valuable advice and saved me from numerous errors. I am grateful to the staff of the University Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, in particular to Miss Winifred Donkin and Mr G. M. Budge, for their efficient aid, and to the Council of King's College for granting me a term's leave of absence in which to complete my work. My biggest debt is to the Advisory Editor, Dr Harold F. Brooks: there are few pages in this volume which are not the better for his tireless scrutiny and generous criticism.
18 January 1995.