The First Quarto Of King Lear by William ShakespeareThe First Quarto Of King Lear by William Shakespeare

The First Quarto Of King Lear

byWilliam ShakespeareEditorJay L. Halio

Paperback | January 28, 1997

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This edition of Shakespeare's King Lear is based on the first (1608) quarto and represents a significantly different version from that published in the folio of 1623, which forms the basis of the standard New Cambridge Shakespeare edition. Each has numerous unique passages and hundreds of variant readings, creating differences that affect the structure, characterization and overall impact of the play. This volume contains a substantial introduction, the text of the first quarto, a collation of variant readings and an appendix of passages unique to the Folio.
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Title:The First Quarto Of King LearFormat:PaperbackDimensions:156 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.35 inPublished:January 28, 1997Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521587077

ISBN - 13:9780521587075

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Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations and conventions; Introduction; Note on the text; List of characters; The Play; Textual notes; Appendix: Passages unique to the Folio.

From Our Editors

This edition of King Lear is based on the first (1608) quarto. It differs substantially from the version in the Folio of 1623. An introduction explains the relation of Q to the second edition and to F; the collation records all substantive variants; passages unique to the Folio are printed in an appendix.

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