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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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 ...
For Lamb, the technical necessities of the theater—the backstage machinery that creates the storm, the actor's repertoire of gestures, looks, and vocal variations—are exterior and superficial distractions from the play's inward and ...
observation of justice makes a play worse; or, that if other excellencies are equal, the audience will not always rise better pleased from the final triumph of persecuted virtue." It had been in order to impose poetical justice on the ...
He does not bargain on her inability to play the role in which he has cast her. Kings and earls do not necessarily have to be blind to true virtue—witness the examples of Kent and France—but Lear, too long used to having his own way and ...
King Lear is a play about bad times. The state drifts rudderless, child turns against parent, the clouds of war gather, the king and all around him totter on the brink of the abyss. So it is that Gloucester blames it all on the stars: ...
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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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