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King Lear

by William Shakespeare
Editor Alfred Harbage

Penguin Classics | January 1, 1958 | Mass Market Paperbound

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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.

 

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

Appropriate for ages: 14 - 14

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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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