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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In the very opening lines of the play we discover that it is Edmund who has previously been unjustly exiled from home and excluded from parental care. Kent, the play's best judge of character, initially describes Edmund as "proper": he ...
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 ...
Lines such as that bring a smile to our faces, not least because the mouse isn't really there. Lear repeats his "look, look" at the end of his life. Cordelia is dead, but he deceives himself into the belief that she lives—that the ...
He is thinking of Doomsday, but the line is also a sly allusion on Shakespeare's part: in all previous versions of the Lear story, several of which would have been familiar to members of his audience, Cordelia survives and Lear is ...
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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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