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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What has the voice or the eye to do with such things? 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 ...
In principle, the aged Lear's decision to take voluntary retirement does not seem a bad thing; he is losing his grip on matters of state, his daughters and sons-in-law are "younger strengths" with more energy for government, and, ...
He argues that things often regarded as the product of the "natural order" are actually shaped by "custom"—for him, primogeniture and legitimacy would come into this category. The position articulated here is close to that of the ...
comes on blinded and he is instantly confounded—things are worse than before. If the case of Edgar reveals the deficiency of Stoic comfort, that of Albany demonstrates the inadequacy of belief indivine justice.
... "not to be deceived," for nothing could be further from the truth than the notion that man's happiness resides in things as they actually are. Lear's Foolsays that he would sain “learn to lie." Lying is destructive in the mouths of ...
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Kristelh - LibraryThing
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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