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Publisher Comments:

King Lear is, in its picture of the tragic effect of human weakness and human cruelty, the most overpowering of the works of Shakespeare. It was written about 1605, in the middle of that period of his activity when he was interested, for whatever reason, in portraying the suffering and disaster that are entailed by defects of character, and the terrible cost at which such defects are purged away; and not even Hamlet displays these things so irresistibly.

The germ of the story is found in the folk-lore of many ages and countries. Attached to the name of Lear, the legend assumed pseudo-historical form with Geoffrey of Monmouth in the twelfth century, was handed down through the long line of Latin and English chroniclers, appeared in collections of tales, found a place in Spenser's Faerie Queene, and was dramatized by an anonymous playwright about ten years before the date of Shakespeare's drama. To Shakespeare himself is due the tragic catastrophe which takes the place of the traditional fortunate ending, according to which the French forces were victorious, and Lear was restored to his kingdom. He first makes Lear go mad; invents the banishment of Kent and his subsequent disguise; creates the Fool; and, finally, connects with Lear the whole story of Gloucester and his sons.

Synopsis:

King Lear, one of Shakespeare's darkest and most savage plays, tells the story of the foolish and Job-like Lear, who divides his kingdom, as he does his affections, according to vanity and whim. Lear's failure as a father engulfs himself and his world in turmoil and tragedy.

About the Author

Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University, is the author of many books, including The Western Canon, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, and Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300122008
Author:
William Shakespeare and Harold Bloom
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Introduction by:
Raffel, Burton
Introduction:
Raffel, Burton
Essay by:
Bloom, Harold
Essay:
Bloom, Harold
Contribution:
Bloom, Harold
Author:
Raffel, Burton
Author:
Shakespeare, William
Author:
Bloom, Harold
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Inheritance and succession
Subject:
General Drama
Subject:
Britons
Subject:
Drama-Shakespeare Plays
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Annotated Shakespeare
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in 0.45 lb

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"Synopsis" by , King Lear, one of Shakespeare's darkest and most savage plays, tells the story of the foolish and Job-like Lear, who divides his kingdom, as he does his affections, according to vanity and whim. Lear's failure as a father engulfs himself and his world in turmoil and tragedy.
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