Powerful tragedy of an aging king, betrayed by his daughters, robbed of his kingdom, descending into madness. Perhaps the bleakest of Shakespeare's tragic dramas, it explores themes of filial ingratitude, injustice, wretchedness and the meaninglessness of life with unsurpassed power and depth.... show more
Powerful tragedy of an aging king, betrayed by his daughters, robbed of his kingdom, descending into madness. Perhaps the bleakest of Shakespeare's tragic dramas, it explores themes of filial ingratitude, injustice, wretchedness and the meaninglessness of life with unsurpassed power and depth. Reprinted here from an authoritative British edition, complete with explanatory footnotes.
Publish date: June 16th 1994
Publisher: Dover Publications
Pages no: 118
Edition language: English
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Series: Folger Shakespeare Library
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.