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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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 ...
Then Albany tries to give power back to Lear—and he promptly dies. Then he tries to persuade Kent and Edgar to divide the kingdom, and Kent promptly goes off to die. The final lines of the play—given to different speakers in the Quarto ...
Lear echoes the sentiment: “When we are born, we cry that we are come / To this great stage of fools." In the great theater of the world, with the gods as audience, we are the fools on stage. Under the aspect of Folly, we see that aking ...
Then when Lear enters with his beloved daughter dead in his arms, loyal Kent asks, "Is this the promised end?" He is thinking of Doomsday, but the line is also a sly allusion on Shakespeare's part: in all previous versions of the Lear ...
LEAR Who is it that can tell me who I am? FOOL Lear's shadow. 1. Robert Armin took over as company clown after Will Kempe left the Chamberlain's Men in 1599. A playwright as well as the author of joke books, he practiced a more ...
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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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