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King Lear - R.A. Foakes, William Shakespeare
King Lear
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In the first part of Foakes's introduction, the editor examines King Lear as it is read in the mind versus how it is performed on the stage, analyzing historical productions and certain elements of the play that shine in performance but not in text, and vice versa. This section also explores how... show more
In the first part of Foakes's introduction, the editor examines King Lear as it is read in the mind versus how it is performed on the stage, analyzing historical productions and certain elements of the play that shine in performance but not in text, and vice versa. This section also explores how and why the play has invited so many interpretations, in reading and performance, since its inception. The next part of the introduction considers trends in the criticism and staging of the play, such as the recent shift of favor from redemptive to bleak readings. Foakes then addresses the dating of the play, the differences among the Quarto and Folio texts, and whether these changes are mere discrepancies or intentional revisions. Finally, the editor discusses the casting of the play and explains notable usages in his edition. There are two appendices that follow the play: the first examines two textual problems that are particularly difficult to interpret, and the second explains differences in lineation between the Quarto and Folio editions, which resulted from confusion whether certain lines were in prose or verse. This edition also includes lists of illustrations, abbreviations, and references, as well as a general editors’ preface and an index.The Arden Shakespeare has developed a reputation as the pre-eminent critical edition of Shakespeare for its exceptional scholarship, reflected in the thoroughness of each volume. An introduction comprehensively contextualizes the play, chronicling the history and culture that surrounded and influenced Shakespeare at the time of its writing and performance, and closely surveying critical approaches to the work. Detailed appendices address problems like dating and casting, and analyze the differing Quarto and Folio sources. A full commentary by one or more of the play’s foremost contemporary scholars illuminates the text, glossing unfamiliar terms and drawing from an abundance of research and expertise to explain allusions and significant background information. Highly informative and accessible, Arden offers the fullest experience of Shakespeare available to a reader.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781903436592 (1903436591)
ASIN: 1903436591
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages no: 456
Edition language: English
Series: Folger Shakespeare Library
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Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd rated it
5.0 A Story of a Man Who Just Wants to Be Loved
This is by far and away my favourite Shakespeare play. It is a very dark and brooding play that is not only incredibly violent, but also ends very badly for most of the main characters. King Lear is one of Shakespeare's great tragedies (along with the Scottish Play and Hamlet) though I find that Ham...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
5.0 King Lear
bookshelves: classic, play-dramatisation, re-read, published-1606, autumn-2015, halloween-2015, tragedy, re-visit-2015, paper-read, film-only Read from January 01, 1970 to October 16, 2015, read count: 4 Full film After encountering 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear by James Shapi...
BagEndBooks
BagEndBooks rated it
5.0 King Lear
There are three main reasons for the disorder already occurring by the end of Act I. The first and most obvious is Lear's madness. He certain seems to be loosing it a bit, and his crazed banishment of Cordelia and Kent couldn't possibly have done anything but harm to him. The second reason is Cordel...
Garden-of-Stars
Garden-of-Stars rated it
2.0 King Lear
Far from my favourite when it comes to Shakespeare's work, I could still (somewhat) appreciate this one. But the appreciation was hidden under what was a generally dry plot and a lot of moments when I kept asking myself "So what?". I would suggest reading the Czech fairy tale about the salt prince f...
Book Talk 21st Century
Book Talk 21st Century rated it
5.0 King Lear (Barnes & Noble Shakespeare)
Excellent work. I saw this performed at the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN. Very powerful performance. I liked this edition in particular because it explained the nuances of the language right next to the original text. That plus the performance made this easier to understand.
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