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
Results 1-5 of 33
The Division of the Kingdom Ripeness Is All? This Great Stage of Fools About the Text Key Facts The Tragedy of King Lear Textual Notes Quarto Passages That Do Not Appear in the Folio Scene-by-Scene Analysis King Lear in Performance: The ...
It is fitting to the parallel structure of the twin plots that the play ends in the Folio version with him returning to take the reins of power, just as there is a certain, though very different, logic to Nahum Tate's infamous ...
The Folio's ascription of this speech to Edgar makes more dramatic sense than the Quarto's to Albany, since Edgar's stripping down in Act 3 is an exposure to feeling, occurring in conjunction with Lear's feeling with and for the poor, ...
Half of the sum of his plays only appeared posthumously, in the elaborately produced First Folio text of 1623, the original "Complete Works" prepared for the press by Shakespeare's fellow actors, the people who knew the plays better ...
So it is that in the Folio text, which is the most authoritative that we have, Edgar speaks the final speech: The weight of this sad time we must obey: Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. The oldest hath borne most: we that ...
What people are saying - Write a 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Kristelh - LibraryThing
I read (listened) to this after reading A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. I enjoyed both very much. Read full review
The RSC and Beyond
Shakespeares Career in the Theater