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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"All this life of mortal men, what is it else but a certain kind of stage play?" asks Erasmus' Folly. ... Erasmus' Folly tells us that there are two kinds of madness—one is the thirst for gold, lust, and power.
Lear pretends to do this in Act 1, but actually he wants to keep “The name and all th'addition to a king." Only when he loses his knights, his clothes, and his sanity does he find happinėSS. But he also becomes kind.
Typically blessing is accompanied by a small but forceful gesture, a kind of action that is of vital importance on the bareboards of the Shakespearean theater. The play ends on a note of apocalypse, millennial doom.
Lear becomes human when he stops caring about one kind of image (the glorious trappings of monarchy) and instead confronts another: the image of raw human being, of a fool and a ...
The standard editorial response to this dissiculty was the claim that the Quarto was some kind of "Bad Quarto." that is to say a text based on memorial reconstruction by actors, not on Shakespeare's own script (his "soul papers") or the ...
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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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