Random House Publishing Group, 2009 M08 4 - 272 pages
A king foolishly divides his kingdom between his scheming two oldest daughters and estranges himself from the daughter who loves him. So begins this profoundly moving and disturbing tragedy that, perhaps more than any other work in literature, challenges the notion of a coherent and just universe. The king and others pay dearly for their shortcomings–as madness, murder, and the anguish of insight and forgiveness that arrive too late combine to make this an all-embracing tragedy of evil and suffering.
Each Edition Includes:
• Comprehensive explanatory notes
• Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship
• Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English
• Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories
• An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography
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If the case of Edgar reveals the deficiency of Stoic comfort, that of Albany demonstrates the inadequacy of belief indivine justice. His credo is that the good shall taste "The wages of their virtue" and the bad drink from the poisoned ...
True wisdom comes not in Gloucester's and Edgar's words of Stoic comfort or Albany's hapless faith in divine providence, but in moments of folly and love, as in this exchange: EDGAR Bless thy five wits' KENT O pity!
To be human is to see feelingly, not to fall back on easy moralizing, the "ought to say" that characterizes people like Albany. And seeing feelingly is to do with our sympathetic response to the images that confront us, ...
... Malcolm rules Scotland at the end of Macbeth, and Octavius rules the world at the end of Antony and Cleopatra. So who rules Britain? The answer used to be something like this. As the husband of the king's eldest daughter, Albany is ...
As the husband of the king's eldest daughter, Albany is the obvious candidate, but he seems reluctant to take on the role and, with astonishing stupidity given the chaos brought about by Lear's division of the kingdom at the beginning ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
Not my favourite play, but I did read it for completeness. A king, worn down by the trammells of office, divides his domain among his children and suffers from the flaws in his parenting. He is ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - thornton37814 - LibraryThing
This full-cast audio recording tells the story of King Lear who unwisely divided his inheritance based on his perception of how much each daughter loved him. We see how this leads to a life of ... Read full review
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