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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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 regenerated. For Keats' contemporary Charles Lamb, Shakespeare's anatomy of the human ...
The Folio's ascription of this speech to Edgar makes more dramatic sense than the Quarto's to Albany, since Edgar's stripping down in Act 3 is an exposure to feeling, occurring in conjunction with Lear's feeling with and for the poor, ...
Only if we think of it as a lesson in feeling, not in high-minded judgment. To be truly responsive to the play we must, as the final speech has it, "Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say." To be human is to see feelingly, ...
So it is that in the Folio text, which is the most authoritative that we have, Edgar speaks the final speech: The weight of this sad time we must obey: Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. The oldest hath borne most: we that ...
In the Quarto we have a scene in which Shakespeare feels compelled to explain away the absence of the King of France—why isn't he leading his own army? KENT Why the King of France is so suddenly gone back, know you no reason?
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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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