King Lear

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Penguin, Jun 1, 1998 - Drama - 352 pages
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The Signet Classics edition of one of William Shakespeare's bleakest tragedies.

Full of cruelty and betrayal, King Lear is the story of an aging monarch whose blindness to the true nature of those around him ultimately leads to madness and despair. 

This revised Signet Classics edition includes unique features such as:

• An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater
• A special introduction to the play by the editor, Russell Fraser
• Selections from Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia, and The True Chronicle History of King Lear, the sources from which Shakespeare derived King Lear
• Dramatic criticism from Samuel Johnson, A. C. Bradley, John Russell Brown, and others
• A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions
• Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable text
• And more...


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Biographical Sketch
The Shakespeare Canon
Shakespeares English
Shakespeares Theater
Costumes Gestures and Silences Prose and Poetry
The Play Text as a Collaboration
Editing Texts
Shakespeare on the Stage
Scene 5 Gloucesters castle
Scene 6 Fields near Dover
Scene 7 A tent in the French camp
Scene 1 The British camp near Dover
Scene 2 A field between the two camps
Scene 3 The British camp near Dover

Scene 1 King Lears palace
Scene 2 The Earl of Gloucesters castle
Scene 3 The Duke of Albanys palace
Scene 4 A hall in the same
Scene 5 Court before the same
Scene 1 The Earl of Gloucesters castle
Scene 2 Before Gloucesters castle
Scene 3 A wood
Scene 4 Before Gloucesters castle Kent in the stocks
Scene 1 A heath
Scene 2 Another part of the heath Storm still
Scene 3 Gloucesters castle
Scene 4 The heath Before a hovel
Scene 5 Gloucesters castle
Scene 6 A chamber in a farmhouse adjoining the castle
Scene 7 Gloucesters castle
Scene 1 The heath
Scene 2 Before the Duke of Albanys palace
Scene 3 The French camp near Dover
Scene 4 The same A tent
Scene XXIV
She bringeth him to the table
They eat hungrily Leir drinks
She kneels
He kneels
She riseth
Mumford kneels
1 Shakespeares Times
2 Shakespeares Life
3 Shakespeares Theater
4 Shakespeare on Stage and Screen
5 Miscellaneous Reference Works
General Studies
7 The Comedies
8 The Romances Pericles Cymbeline The Winters Tale The Tempest The Two Noble Kinsmen
10 The Histories

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About the author (1998)

William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was a poet, playwright, and actor who is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers in the history of the English language. Often referred to as the Bard of Avon, Shakespeare's vast body of work includes comedic, tragic, and historical plays; poems; and 154 sonnets. His dramatic works have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

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