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 RSC Shakespeare Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen Chief Associate Editor: Héloïse Sénéchal Associate ... Jan Sewell King Lear Textual editing: Eric Rasmussen and Trey Jansen Introduction and Shakespeare's Career in the ...
William Shakespeare Jonathan Bate, Eric Rasmussen. CONTENTS Introduction An Old Man Tottering About the Stage? The Division of the Kingdom Ripeness Is All? This Great Stage of Fools About the Text Key Facts The Tragedy of King Lear ...
For all the Romantics, Lear was Shakespeare's most "sublime" and "universal" play. John Keats wrote a sonnet"On sitting down to read King Lear once again": having burned his way through the play, he would feel somehow purified and ...
William Shakespeare Jonathan Bate, Eric Rasmussen. nothing but corporal infirmities and weakness, the impotence of rage; while we read it, we see not Lear, but we are Lear—we are in his mind, we are sustained by a grandeur which baffles ...
William Shakespeare Jonathan Bate, Eric Rasmussen ... the stage for a century and a half, whereas for Lamb it was yet one more indication that the theater was not to be trusted with Shakespeare's sublime vision of universal despair.
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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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