King Lear

King Lear

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King Lear is a tragedy by Shakespeare, written about 1605 or 1606. Shakespeare based it on the legendary King Leir of the Britons, whose story is outlined in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s pseudohistorical History of the Kings of Britain (written in about 1136). The play tells the tale of the aged King Lear who is passing on the control of his kingdom to his three daughters. He asks each of them to express their love for him, and the first two, Goneril and Regan do so effusively, saying they love him above all things. But his youngest daughter, Cordelia, is compelled to be truthful and says that she must reserve some love for her future husband. Lear, enraged, cuts her off without any inheritance. The secondary plot deals with the machinations of Edmund, the bastard son of the Earl of Gloucester, who manages to convince his father that his legitimate son Edgar is plotting against him. After Lear steps down from power, he finds that his elder daughters have no real respect or love for him, and treat him and his followers as a nuisance. They allow the raging Lear to wander out into a storm, hoping to be rid of him, and conspire with Edmund to overthrow the Earl of Gloucester. The play is a moving study of the perils of old age and the true meaning of filial love. It ends tragically with the deaths of both Cordelia and Lear—so tragically, in fact, that performances during the Restoration period sometimes substituted a happy ending. In modern times, though, King Lear is performed as written and generally regarded as one of Shakespeare’s best plays. This Standard Ebooks edition is based on William George Clark and William Aldis Wright’s 1887 Victoria edition, which is taken from the Globe edition. This book is part of the Standard Ebooks project, which produces free public domain ebooks.

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Genre : Drama
Author by : William Shakespeare
Publisher : Standard Ebooks
Release : 2020-11-09T21:49:01Z
File : Pages
ISBN-13 : PKEY:88ADFF9FC9CB8D16


King Lear

King Lear

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Author by : William Shakespeare
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Release : 1785
File : 152 Pages
ISBN-13 : OCLC:11560815


King Lear

King Lear

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Presents Shakespeare's tragedy about King Lear and his attempts to divide his kingdom between his three daughters.

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Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
Author by : William Shakespeare
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Release : 2002
File : 162 Pages
ISBN-13 : 019832054X


King Lear

King Lear

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Is King Lear an autonomous text, or a rewrite of the earlier and anonymous play King Leir? Should we refer to Shakespeare’s original quarto when discussing the play, the revised folio text, or the popular composite version, stitched together by Alexander Pope in 1725? What of its stage variations? When turning from page to stage, the critical view on King Lear is skewed by the fact that for almost half of the four hundred years the play has been performed, audiences preferred Naham Tate's optimistic adaptation, in which Lear and Cordelia live happily ever after. When discussing King Lear, the question of what comprises ‘the play’ is both complex and fragmentary. These issues of identity and authenticity across time and across mediums are outlined, debated, and considered critically by the contributors to this volume. Using a variety of approaches, from postcolonialism and New Historicism to psychoanalysis and gender studies, the leading international contributors to King Lear: New Critical Essays offer major new interpretations on the conception and writing, editing, and cultural productions of King Lear. This book is an up-to-date and comprehensive anthology of textual scholarship, performance research, and critical writing on one of Shakespeare's most important and perplexing tragedies. Contributors Include: R.A. Foakes, Richard Knowles, Tom Clayton, Cynthia Clegg, Edward L. Rocklin, Christy Desmet, Paul Cantor, Robert V. Young, Stanley Stewart and Jean R. Brink

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Genre : Literary Criticism
Author by : Jeffrey Kahan
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2008-04-18
File : 10 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781135973643


The One King Lear

The One King Lear

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In the 1980s influential scholars argued that Shakespeare revised King Lear in light of theatrical performance, resulting in two texts by the bard’s own hand. The two-text theory hardened into orthodoxy. Here Sir Brian Vickers makes the case that Shakespeare did not cut his original text. At stake is the way his greatest play is read and performed.

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Genre : Literary Criticism
Author by : Brian Vickers
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Release : 2016-04-04
File : 387 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780674504844


Tragedy Of King Lear

Tragedy Of King Lear

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Author by : William Shakespeare
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Release : 1887
File : Pages
ISBN-13 : HARVARD:HN63TF


King Lear In Our Time

King Lear In Our Time

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This edition first published in 1966. Previous edition published 1965 by the University of California Press. Perhaps more than any other play of Shakespeare's King Lear has been subjected to almost totally contradictory interpretations. In the first historical section of the book the author describes the varying concepts of the play and the distortions of text and even plot that have been widely used. Garrick's playing of Lear as a pathetic and down-trodden old man. Laughton's and Olivier's versions and Herbert Blaus's theory of the 'subtext' are described and analysed. The central section of the book examines the medieval, folk and romance sources of the play. The final chapter illustrates how the action of the play and its pervading violence and evil are not explained in terms of human motive and rely for their meaning more on their effects than their antecedents. An important theme is the play's examination of society and the ties of service and family love.

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Genre : Literary Criticism
Author by : Maynard Mack
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2013-10-08
File : 144 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781136563287


King Lear

King Lear

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Includes the unabridged text of Shakespeare's classic play plus a complete study guide that features scene-by-scene summaries, explanations and discussions of the plot, question-and-answer sections, author biography, historical background, and more.

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Genre : English literature
Author by : William Shakespeare
Publisher : Heinemann
Release : 2000
File : 308 Pages
ISBN-13 : 0435193090


A School Shakespeare

A School Shakespeare

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Author by : William Shakespeare
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Release : 1928
File : 661 Pages
ISBN-13 : STANFORD:36105049237840


Shakespeare S Tragedy Of King Lear

Shakespeare S Tragedy Of King Lear

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Author by : William Shakespeare
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Release : 1879
File : 231 Pages
ISBN-13 : HARVARD:32044019979319