King Henry VIII | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Vincent Canby

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of King Henry VIII.
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Critical Review by Vincent Canby

SOURCE: Canby, Vincent. “Does Shakespeare Really Need B12 Shots?” New York Times 147 (14 June 1998): AR4.

In the following excerpted review, Canby evaluates the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Henry VIII at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, characterizing Gregory Doran's directorial effort as “a vigorous, clear-eyed, unhackneyed delight.”

There probably isn't a scholar or critic in the world who would rate Henry VIII as one of Shakespeare's great history plays. It possesses no grandly iconic heroes or villains of diabolic ambitions. It contains no patches of soaring verse and commemorates no single splendid event that forever changed the course of the British monarchy. It is essentially a patched-together propaganda piece.

The general belief today is that Shakespeare himself wrote less than half the text, and that John Fletcher and...

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