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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... Jansen Introduction and Shakespeare's Career in the Theater: Jonathan Bate Commentary: Penelope Freedman and Héloïse Sénéchal Scene-by-Scene Analysis: Esme Miskimmin In Performance: Karin Brown (RSC stagings), Jan Sewell (overview).
The Division of the Kingdom Ripeness Is All? This Great Stage of Fools About the Text Key Facts The Tragedy of King Lear Textual Notes Quarto Passages That Do Not Appear in the Folio Scene-by-Scene Analysis King Lear in Performance: The ...
... even reading the play was almost too much to bear: "I was many years ago so shocked by Cordelia's death, that I know not whether I everendured to read again the last scenes of the play till I undertook to revise them as an editor.
As youngest and unmarried daughter, Cordelia has probably never spoken publicly before the court. Lear's intention for the opening scene is that it will be Cordelia's coming out: she is INTRODUCTION ix The Division of the Kingdom.
In the closing scene, Albany tries to orchestrate events, to make order out of chaos, but each of his resolutions is followed by new disaster: he greets the restored Edgar, then immediately hears the news of Gloucester's death, ...
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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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