King Lear: A Guide to the Play

King Lear: A Guide to the Play

Jay L. Halio


a part of the Greenwood publications to Shakespeare series.

In its undying exploration of familial and political dissolution, and in its relentless wondering of the plain ethical indifference of the universe, King Lear is Shakespeare's darkest tragedy. it's also considered one of his such a lot well timed, for plenty of of the problems it increases resonate loudly inside our personal period. might be due to its modern relevance, it truly is considered one of Shakespeare's most often produced, taught, and studied works. And the volume of scholarship on King Lear is passed in basic terms be the complexity which that scholarship finds. This ebook is a lucid and thorough consultant to the play's roots and legacy.

The quantity starts off with a dialogue of the play's textual heritage, that's complex via different 4to and folio types. It additionally addresses the advantages of numerous fresh variants. The ebook then seems on the literary, old, and cultural contexts that tell the play. this is often by way of an exam of Shakespeare's dramatic paintings, an research of the play's issues, and a precis of the several ways critics have used to explain its that means. a last bankruptcy explores the play's wealthy creation historical past, and a specific bibliography concludes the amount. As a consultant, this reference effectively navigates the great physique of obtainable scholarship and is a prepared relief for quite a lot of readers.

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