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King Lear

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Published by Washington Square Press .
Written in English


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The New Folger Library Shakespeare

ContributionsDr. Barbara A. Mowat (Editor)
The Physical Object
Number of Pages316
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL7950342M
ISBN 100743452941
ISBN 109780743452946

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Jan 03,  · First performed about , King Lear is one of the most relentlessly bleak of Shakespeare's tragedies. Probably written between Othello and Macbeth, when the playwright was at the peak of his tragic power, Lear's themes of filial ingratitude, injustice, and the meaninglessness of life in a seemingly indifferent universe are explored with unsurpassed power and depth/5(). Jun 21,  · The book arrived on time and since I wanted to read the play before seeing Glenda Jackson’s bravura performance as Lear, I was glad it did. The typeset made it almost unreadable. There were no setting notes and the character names were abbreviated so I /5(18). About the Author. R. A. Foakes is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has also taught or held fellowships at Yale, Birmingham, Durham, Kent, Toronto, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Australian National University, Canberra. He has written extensively on King Lear in his book, Cited by: 6. Summary Plot Overview Lear, the aging king of Britain, decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom evenly among his three daughters. First, however, he puts his daughters through a test, asking each to tell him how much she loves him. Goneril and Regan, Lear’s older daughters, give their father flattering answers.

Shakespeare’s story of a king who divides his realm between his three daughters probes the depths of human suffering and despair. First staged in , for centuries King Lear was thought too bleak to perform, but its nihilism has heavily influenced modern drama. Scene 1 King Lear divides his land between his daughters based on how much each daughter loves him. Goneril and Regan lie and exaggerate. Lear casts out Cordelia. Jan 14,  · The poetry of "King Lear" is magnificent, perhaps not quite achieving the measureless heights of "Macbeth" or "Othello," but sonorous and extraordinarily beautiful. The two feuding brothers, Edgar and Edmund, are among Shakespeare's most profound creations/5(). Free download or read online King Lear pdf (ePUB) book. The first edition of the novel was published in , and was written by William Shakespeare. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of pages and is available in Paperback format. The main characters of this classics, plays story are Regan, Cordelia/5.

Feb 05,  · King Lear of Britain, elderly and wanting to retire from the duties of the monarchy, decides to divide his realm among his three daughters, and declares he will offer the largest share to the one who loves him most. The eldest, Goneril, speaks first, declaring her love for her father in fulsome /5. King Lear quiz that tests what you know. Perfect prep for King Lear quizzes and tests you might have in school. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. The story opens in ancient Britain, where the elderly King Lear is deciding to give up his power and divide his realm amongst his three daughters, Cordelia, Regan, and Goneril. Lear's plan is to give the largest piece of his kingdom to the child who professes to love him the most, certain that his favorite daughter, Cordelia, will win the challenge.