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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A generation before the Romantics, Dr. Samuel Johnson confessed that even reading the play was almost too much to bear: "I was many years ago so shocked by Cordelia's death, that I know not whether I everendured to read again the last ...
Their Flocks by Night," had rewritten King Lear with a happy ending, in which Cordelia was married off to Edgar. Johnson had some sympathy with this alteration, which held the stage for a century and a half, whereas for Lamb it was yet ...
is that it will be Cordelia's coming out: she is supposed to give public expression to her great love and in return she will be rewarded with the richest portion of the kingdom and the most prized husband. He does not bargain on her ...
But he cannot sustain this position: when Lear and Cordelia lose the battle, he is found in "ill thoughts again," wanting to rot. Edgar responds with more Stoic advice: "Men must endure /Their going hence, even as their coming hither: ...
... then the news of the two queens' deaths; then Kent comes on, dying; then in response to the news that Cordelia is to be hanged, Albany says "The gods defend her!," only for Lear to enter with her in his arms already hanged.
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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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