King Lear

King Lear
Author: William Shakespeare
Publsiher: Standard Ebooks
Total Pages: 102
Release: 2020-11-09T21:49:01Z
Genre: Drama
ISBN: PKEY:88ADFF9FC9CB8D16

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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.

King Lear

King Lear
Author: William Shakespeare
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 76
Release: 1860
Genre: Aging parents
ISBN: HARVARD:32044012637575

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Newly revised, this edition of "King Lear" features an extensive overview of Shakespeare's life and world; an editor's introduction; a note on the sources; dramatic criticism from the past and present; a comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors and productions; and more.

King Lear

King Lear
Author: William Shakespeare,Samuel Johnson
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 152
Release: 1785
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: OCLC:11560815

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King Lear

King Lear
Author: William Shakespeare
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 102
Release: 1868
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: BML:37001105581669

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A School Shakespeare

A School Shakespeare
Author: William Shakespeare
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 712
Release: 1928
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: STANFORD:36105049237840

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Tragedy of King Lear

Tragedy of King Lear
Author: William Shakespeare
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 240
Release: 1887
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: HARVARD:HN63TF

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King Lear

King Lear
Author: Jeffrey Kahan
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 10
Release: 2008-04-18
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781135973643

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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

King Lear

King Lear
Author: William Shakespeare
Publsiher: Heinemann
Total Pages: 324
Release: 2000
Genre: English literature
ISBN: 0435193090

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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.