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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Goneril and Regan have a case for stripping him of his rowdy, extravagant retinue of one hundred knights. Lear's mistake is to link the division of the kingdom to a public show of affection. The two older sisters, well versed in the ...
Lear's Foolsays that he would sain “learn to lie." Lying is destructive in the mouths of Goneril, Regan, and Edmund at the beginning of the play, but Cordelia—who has a special bond with the INTRODUCTION xiii.
(1.1.41–43) Furthermore, Folio cuts the so-called arraignment of Goneril, the mock trial in the hovel scene that is the quid pro quo for the show trial of love in the opening scene. This has the effect of retrospectively rendering the ...
A further intensification of the play's moral bleakness is brought about by a series of cuts to Albany's role: his castigations of Goneril in Act 4 Scene 2 are severely trimmed back, considerably reducing his moral force.
Goneril (6%/53/8). Regan (5%/73/8). Duke of Albany (5%/58/5), Cordelia (3%/31/4), Duke of Cornwall (3%/63/5), Oswald (2%/38/7). LINGUISTIC MEDIUM: 75% verse, 25% prose. DATE: 1605–6. Performed at court December 1606; draws on old Leir ...
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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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I read (listened) to this after reading A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. I enjoyed both very much. Read full review
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