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King Lear

by William Shakespeare
Editor Alfred Harbage

Penguin Classics | January 1, 1958 | Mass Market Paperbound

King Lear is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.

When the elderly King Lear breaks up his kingdom, he hands over control to his two flint-hearted eldest daughters — and, out of pride, exiles the loving Cordelia when she refuses to flatter him. Considered by many critics to be the greatest play ever written in the English language, King Lear is a profoundly moving tragedy, touching on themes of integrity, loyalty, madness, and the presence of true evil. The accompanying notes in this Pelican Shakespeare edition provide critical in-roads for the modern reader, and make this book perfect for everyone — from students to theatre buffs.

 

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 176 pages, 7.12 × 4.42 × 0.34 in

Published: January 1, 1958

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140714146

ISBN - 13: 9780140714142

Found in: British and Irish, British and Irish
Appropriate for ages: 14 - 14

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's Shakespeare. Enough Said. I find that Shakespeare can be extremely hard to understand. So, it is refreshing to read one of his plays in which you're not constantly referring back to Sparksnotes. I liked this play and found it semi-easy to understand. The play was good, but it wasn't somethig that I'd go out of my way to read. The characters were fresh and distinct. Lear's character is superficial at times, but completely appropriate to the story.
Date published: 2009-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great King Lear by William Shakespeare is an excellent play that is just like an Indian drama, with lies, deceit, betrayal, illegitimate sons and cruel intentions. Every Shakespeare fan must read this tragedy! King Lear decides to step down from his throne and divide his kingdom among his three daughters: Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia. Each daughter would receive her share of the land depending on her speech of how much she loves her father. Cordelia’s speech is honest, but King Lear does not like what he hears and disowns her. Her share of the kingdom is then divided between Goneril and Regan. Soon after abdicating the throne, Lear discovers the true feelings of Goneril and Regan.
Date published: 2008-10-26

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King Lear

by William Shakespeare
Editor Alfred Harbage

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 176 pages, 7.12 × 4.42 × 0.34 in

Published: January 1, 1958

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140714146

ISBN - 13: 9780140714142

About the Author

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare
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When the elderly King Lear breaks up his kingdom, he hands over control to his two flint-hearted eldest daughters — and, out of pride, exiles the loving Cordelia when she refuses to flatter him. Considered by many critics to be the greatest play ever written in the English language, King Lear is a profoundly moving tragedy, touching on themes of integrity, loyalty, madness, and the presence of true evil. The accompanying notes in this Pelican Shakespeare edition provide critical in-roads for the modern reader, and make this book perfect for everyone — from students to theatre buffs.

 

Appropriate for ages: 14 - 14

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