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The History of King Lear (Oxford Shakespeare)

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King Lear, widely considered Shakespeare's most deeply moving, passionately expressed, and intellectually ambitious play, has almost always been edited from the revised version printed in the First Folio of 1623, with additions from the quarto of 1608. Acting on recent discoveries, this volume presents the first full, scholarly edition to be based firmly on the quarto, now recognized as the base text from which all others derive. A thorough, attractively written introduction suggests how the work grew slowly in Shakespeare's imagination, fed by years of reading, thinking, and experience as a practical dramatist. Analysis of the great range of literary and other sources from which he shaped the tragedy, and of its critical and theatrical history, indicates that the play felt as shocking and original to early audiences as it does now. Its challenges have often been evaded, notably in Nahum Tate's notorious adaptation. During the twentieth century, however, deeper understanding of the conventions of Shakespeare's theatre restored confidence in the theatrical viability of his original text, while the play has also generated a remarkable range of offshoots in film, television, the visual arts, music, and literature.

The commentary to this edition offers detailed help in understanding the language and dramaturgy in relation to the theatres in which King Lear was first performed. Additional sections reprint the early ballad, ignored by all modern editors, which was among its earliest derivatives, and provide additional guides to understanding and appreciating one of the greatest masterworks of Western civilization.

Synopsis:

Based on the 1608 quarto of "King Lear", this commentary aims to help readers understand the language and dramaturgy of the play, in relation to the theatres in which it was performed.

Synopsis:

King Lear, widely considered Shakespeare's most deeply moving, passionately expressed, and intellectually ambitious play, has almost always been edited from the revised version printed in the First Folio of 1623, with additions from the quarto of 1608. Now for the first time, this new volume presents the full, scholarly edition to be based firmly on the quarto, now recognized as the base text from which all others derive. A thorough, attractively written introduction suggests how the work grew slowly in Shakespeare's imagination, fed by years of reading, thinking, and experience as a practical dramatist. This editition consists of a new, modern-spelling text; a full index to the introduction and commentary; production photographs and related art. The on-page commentary and detailed notes to this edition offer critical help in understanding the language and dramaturgy in relation to the theaters in which King Lear was first performed. Additional sections reprint the early ballad, which was among the play's earliest sources, and provide additional guides to understanding and appreciating one of the greatest masterworks of Western civilization.

About the Author

Stanley Wells ran the Oxford Shakespeare Dept. within OUP for the years in which the Complete Works were in preparation; and he is the general editor of The Oxford Shakespeare/Oxford World's Classics Shakespeare series in which the present volume appears. He is also co-general editor of the new Oxford Shakespeare Topics series. Formerly Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, he is now Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Professor Emeritus in the University of Birmingham.

Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor were the general editors of the Oxford Complete Works of Shakespeare.

Gary Taylor [WHOSE TEXT WAS USED, WITH SOME MODIFICATIONS, FOR THE PRESENT EDITION] is co-general-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Thomas Middleton edition.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction

What Shakespeare Wrote

When Shakespeare Wrote King Lear

Where the Play Came From: Legend, King Leir, Arcadia, Other Sources

Shaping the Play

The Play's Language

Early Performance

King Lear as a Text for Readers

Performance Texts of King Lear

Nahum Tate's Adaptation

Return to Shakespeare

Interpretation in Performance

Textual Introduction and Editorial Procedures

Abbreviations and References

KING LEAR

The Ballad of King Lear

Offshoots of King Lear

Alterations to Lineation

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780198182900
Editor:
Wells, Stanley
Editor:
Wells, Stanley
Editor:
Wells, Stanley
Author:
null, Stanley
Author:
Null, William
Author:
Shakespeare, William
Author:
Wells, Stanley
Author:
Wells, Stanley
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Inheritance and succession
Subject:
Literature/English | Drama | Shakespeare
Subject:
Britons
Subject:
Drama-Shakespeare Plays
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Oxford Shakespeare (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
104-493
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 halftones
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 in 1.15 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Based on the 1608 quarto of "King Lear", this commentary aims to help readers understand the language and dramaturgy of the play, in relation to the theatres in which it was performed.
"Synopsis" by , King Lear, widely considered Shakespeare's most deeply moving, passionately expressed, and intellectually ambitious play, has almost always been edited from the revised version printed in the First Folio of 1623, with additions from the quarto of 1608. Now for the first time, this new volume presents the full, scholarly edition to be based firmly on the quarto, now recognized as the base text from which all others derive. A thorough, attractively written introduction suggests how the work grew slowly in Shakespeare's imagination, fed by years of reading, thinking, and experience as a practical dramatist. This editition consists of a new, modern-spelling text; a full index to the introduction and commentary; production photographs and related art. The on-page commentary and detailed notes to this edition offer critical help in understanding the language and dramaturgy in relation to the theaters in which King Lear was first performed. Additional sections reprint the early ballad, which was among the play's earliest sources, and provide additional guides to understanding and appreciating one of the greatest masterworks of Western civilization.
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