Falstaff by Robert Nye
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Irascible and still lecherous at age 81, Sir John Falstaff, one of Shakespeare's greatest characters, spins out these memoirs as an antidote to legend, and in so doing manages to recreate his own. Set in an England that was ribald, violent, superstitious, and brimming with a new sense of national purpose, Falstaff brings to life not only the man himself but the whole Elizabethan era, from the viewpoint of one of its major players. Here we see what history and the Bard overlooked or purposely left out: what really happened that celebrated night when Falstaff and Justice Shallow heard the chimes at midnight; who killed Hotspur; how many men really fell at Agincourt; what actually transpired at the coronation of Henry V ("Harry the Prig") and much, much more!

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Robert Nye FRSL (born 1939) is an English poet who has also written novels and plays as well as stories for children. His bestselling novel, Falstaff, was published in 1976 and won both The Hawthornden Prize and Guardian Prize for fiction. Nye was born in London. He published his first poem 'Kingfisher' in the London Magazine by the age of 16. During the early 1970s Nye wrote several plays for BBC radio including A Bloody Stupid Hole (1970). His selected poems, entitled The Rain and The Glass, published in 2005, won the Cholmondeley Award.
Published February 18, 2003 by Arcade Publishing. 464 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Poet/novelist Nye mines the motherlode of Henry IV I and II and finds if not pure gold at least enough of the baser mettle to put together a raunchy Jack Falstaff, while adding a glint of nobility.

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First published in England in 1976 and long awaited by American fans of Nye's Mrs. Shakespeare: The Complete Works and The Late Mr. S

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Graphically chronicling seven decades of debauchery, Nye revisits Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I depiction of Falstaff as the father figure for young Prince Hal (soon to become Henry V), who publicly rejects him—along with his rather reprehensible companions—when fickle Hal assumes the throne fo...

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