Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Published: June 1, 1998
Publisher: New American Library
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0451526937
ISBN - 13: 9780451526939
Table of Contents
Samuel Johnson: From
?Preface to Shakespeare? and ?King Lear?
A. C. Bradley: From
Harley Granville-Barker: From
Prefaces to Shakespeare
Maynard Mack: From
?King Lear? in Our Time
Linda Bamber: The Woman Reader in ?King Lear?
Sylvan Barnet: ?King Lear? on the Stage and Screen
NEWLY ADDED ESSAYS:
John Russell Brown: Staging Violence in ?King Lear?
From the Publisher
[Lear] is the most awesome of all the poet''s originals. No one else in Shakespeare is so legitimate a representation of supreme authority.
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
From Our Editors
Brutal, moving, terrifying and beautiful, King Lear is considered by some critics to be the greatest play ever written in the English language. An aging ruler plans to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, but instead banishes the youngest - honest Cordelia - because she will not flatter him, and learns only too late that he has put his trust in false friends. This edition of the play brings together a wealth of critical material and top-notch annotation, and is ideal for both students and scholars.