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Tragedy of King Lear

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ISBN-10: 0521337291

ISBN-13: 9780521337298

Edition: 1992

Authors: William Shakespeare, Jay L. Halio, A. R. Braunmuller, Brian Gibbons

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This is the first fully annotated, critical edition of King Lear to appear for forty years. It includes a comprehensive account of Shakespeare's sources and the literary, political, and folkloric influences at work in the play, a detailed reading of the action, and a substantial stage history of major productions. Jay Halio is concerned to clarify, for those approaching the play for the first time, the vexed question of its textual history. Unlike previous editions, his does not present a conflation of the Quarto and the Folio. Accepting that we have two versions of equal authority, the one derived from Shakespeare's rough drafts, the other from a manuscript used in the playhouses during…    
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/15/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 335
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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,…    

Jay L. Halio, Emeritus Professor of English, University of Delaware is the author of more than thirty books, including a study of Philip Roth. Ben Siegel is Professor of English at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations and conventions
Date and sources of Shakespeare's King Lear
The play
King Lear on stage and screen
Recent stage, film, and critical interpretations
Textual analysis, part 1