The Oxford Shakespeare: The History of King Lear

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OUP Oxford, Jan 4, 2001 - Drama - 336 pages
The Oxford Shakespeare offers authoritative texts from leading scholars in editions designed to interpret and illuminate the plays for modern readers - a new, modern-spelling text, based on the Quarto text of 1608 - on-page commentary and notes explain meaning, staging, allusions and much else - detailed introduction considers composition, sources, performances and changing critical attitudes to the play - illustrated with production photographs and related art - includes 'The Ballad of King Lear' and related offshoots - full index to introduction and commentary - durable sewn binding for lasting use 'not simply a better text but a new conception of Shakespeare. This is a major achievement of twentieth-century scholarship.' Times Literary Supplement ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
What Shakespeare Wrote
3
When Shakespeare wrote King Lear
9
Where the Play Came From
14
Legend
17
King Leir
20
Arcadia
26
Other Influences
27
Performance Texts of King Lear
60
Nahum Tates Adaptation
62
Return to Shakespeare
69
Interpretation in Performance
75
TEXTUAL INTRODUCTION AND EDITORIAL PROCEDURES
81
Abbreviations and references
88
The History of King Lear
95
THE BALLAD OF KING LEAR AND HIS THREE DAUGHTERS
277

Shaping the Play
31
The Play s Language
49
Early Performance
56
King Lear as a Text for Readers
57
OFFSHOOTS OF KING LEAR
286
ALTERATIONS TO LINEATION
293
INDEX
303
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Stanley Wells ran the Oxford Shakespeare Department within OUP while the Complete Works was in preparation. He is a former Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon.

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