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King Lear (Wordsworth Classics) (Wordsworth Classics) by William Shakespeare

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Published by Wordsworth Editions Ltd .
Written in English


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Number of Pages176
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Open LibraryOL8978470M
ISBN 101853260959
ISBN 109781853260957

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Jan 03,  · First performed about , King Lear is one of the most relentlessly bleak of Shakespeare's tragedies. Probably written between Othello and Macbeth, when the playwright was at the peak of his tragic power, Lear's themes of filial ingratitude, injustice, and the meaninglessness of life in a seemingly indifferent universe are explored with unsurpassed power and depth/5(). Free download or read online King Lear pdf (ePUB) book. The first edition of the novel was published in , and was written by William Shakespeare. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of pages and is available in Paperback format. The main characters of this classics, plays story are Regan, Cordelia/5. Summary: King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. The title character descends into madness after disposing of his estate between two of his three daughters based on their flattery, bringing tragic consequences for all. The play is based on the legend of Leir of Britain. Summary Plot Overview Lear, the aging king of Britain, decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom evenly among his three daughters. First, however, he puts his daughters through a test, asking each to tell him how much she loves him. Goneril and Regan, Lear’s older daughters, give their father flattering answers.

Shakespeare’s story of a king who divides his realm between his three daughters probes the depths of human suffering and despair. First staged in , for centuries King Lear was thought too bleak to perform, but its nihilism has heavily influenced modern drama. King Lear: Plot Summary The story opens in ancient Britain, where the elderly King Lear is deciding to give up his power and divide his realm amongst his three daughters, Cordelia, Regan, and Goneril. Feb 05,  · This edition of  King Lear  presents a conflated text, combining the Quarto and Folio Texts, edited with an introduction by series editor Stephen Orgel and was recently repackaged with cover art by Manuja Waldia.  Waldia received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators for the Pelican Shakespeare series/5. About The Book Shakespeare’s King Lear challenges us with the magnitude, intensity, and sheer duration of the pain that it represents. Its figures harden their hearts, engage in violence, or try to alleviate the suffering of others. Lear himself rages until his sanity agabbayetassocies.comed on: October 20,

Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. The novel is a modernized retelling of Shakespeare 's King Lear and is set on a thousand-acre (four hundred hectares) farm in Iowa that is owned by a family of a father and his three daughters. It is told through the point of view of the oldest daughter, Jane Smiley. Jul 26,  · King Lear is also a work of great literary beauty, and that’s what I want to focus on. This is, of course, Shakespeare, so we expect great poetry. Here, though, there is a concentrated fierceness to his words that make them seem like knife slashes or the bludgeoning of a baseball bat. King Lear: “Dry up her organs of increase”. King Lear is widely held as the greatest of Shakespeare's tragedies; to some, it is the greatest play ever written. King Lear abdicates the British throne, to divide his kingdom among his three daughters in proportion to their professed love of him.