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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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 ...
"King Lear," wrote the early nineteenth-century Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley in his Defence of Poetry, "may be judged to be the most perfect specimen of the dramatic art existing in the world." For all the Romantics, Lear was ...
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 ...
The death of Cordelia is all the more painful because it is not the end "promised" by previous literary and theatrical tradition. King Lear is a play full of questions. The big ones go unanswered. The biggest of all is Lear's "Why ...
Who is left in charge at the end of King Lear? According to the conventions of Elizabethan and Jacobean tragedy, the senior remaining character speaks the final speech. That is the mark of his assumption of power.
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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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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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