King Lear

King Lear Author William Shakespeare
ISBN-10 074348276X
ISBN-13 9780743482769
Year 2004-01-01
Pages 384
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster
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Shakespeares King Lear challenges us with the magnitude intensity and sheer duration of the pain that it represents Its figures harden their hearts engage in violence or try to alleviate the suffering of others Lear himself rages until his sanity cracks What then keeps bringing us back to King Lear For all the force of its language King Lear is almost equally powerful when translated suggesting that it is the story in large part that draws us to the play The play tells us about families struggling between greed and cruelty on the one hand and support and consolation on the other Emotions are extreme magnified to gigantic proportions We also see old age portrayed in all its vulnerability pride and perhaps wisdomone reason this most devastating of Shakespeares tragedies is also perhaps his most moving The authoritative edition of King Lear from The Folger Shakespeare Library the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers includes Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to the plays famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeares language An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Librarys vast holdings of rare books An annotated guide to further reading Essay by Susan Snyder The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC is home to the worlds largest collection of Shakespeares printed works and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs For more information visit Folger edu

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