A Critical Edition of Two Modern Plays on the Dramatic Character of Sir John Falstaff
"Chimes at Midnight" by Orson Welles, and the "Knight of the Moon, or Sir John Falstaff" by Fernand Crommelynck
This book focuses on a literary figure, Shakespeare's Falstaff, who has taken on a life independent of the plays in which he first appeared. The highlights of Falstaff's "career," included in this collection, are works by two major artistic figures of the 20th century: Fernand Crommelynck (1886-1970) and Orson Welles (1915-1985). Each of the Falstaff plays in this volume is preceded by a preface, and the anthology as a whole is framed by an historical introduction and a comprehensive critical bibliography.
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"... Professor Bert Cardullo has done a thorough job of gathering all we really need to know about Falstaff in one collection (and without introducing a single play by Shakespeare!): two dramas by an esteemed filmmaker, Welles, and a major (if underappreciated) playwright, Crommelynck." - Professor Roger Copeland, Oberlin College"