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).
Deborah Warner, and Trevor Nunn Shakespeare's Career in the Theater Beginnings Playhouses The Ensemble at Work The King's Man Shakespeare's Works: A Chronology The History Behind the Tragedies: A Chronology Further Reading and Viewing ...
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 ...
Johnson had some sympathy with this alteration, which held 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 ...
In the great theater of the world, with the gods as audience, we are the fools on stage. Under the aspect of Folly, we see that aking is no different from any other man. The trappings of monarchy are but a costume; this is both Folly's ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
Not my favourite play, but I did read it for completeness. A king, worn down by the trammells of office, divides his domain among his children and suffers from the flaws in his parenting. He is ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - thornton37814 - LibraryThing
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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