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King Lear (Annotated with Biography and Critical Essay)
     

King Lear (Annotated with Biography and Critical Essay)

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by William Shakespeare
 

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The dates of the writing and first performance of King Lear are unknown, although it is known that King James I viewed the play on December 26, 1606. Shakespeare may have been inspired to write King Lear by the uncertainly that accompanied the last years of Queen Elizabeth I’s life, as she left no children or nieces and nephews to inherit the

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The dates of the writing and first performance of King Lear are unknown, although it is known that King James I viewed the play on December 26, 1606. Shakespeare may have been inspired to write King Lear by the uncertainly that accompanied the last years of Queen Elizabeth I’s life, as she left no children or nieces and nephews to inherit the throne.

King Lear is the King of Britain. He decides to “retire” as king and divide his land holdings among his three daughters – Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia. What they will inherit is dependent on how skillfully the daughters can publically proclaim love for their father. Goneril and Regan, who are married to the Duke of Albany and the Duke of Cornwall respectively, have no problem with this, and speak enthusiastically about their love for their father. Cordelia, the youngest girl, refuses to flatter her father. She is his favorite daughter, and in his disappointment, Lear cuts her off without a penny and banishes her. She marries the King of France who is willing to accept her without an inheritance. Lear’s friend and ally, the Earl of Kent, defends Cordelia and he is sent off in disgrace; he returns to the court in disguise. Lear’s kingdom is now split between his two older daughters.

This annotated edition includes a biography and critical essay.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012968609
Publisher:
Golgotha Press
Publication date:
06/08/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
107 KB

Meet the Author

Widely esteemed as the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an actor and theatrical producer in addition to writing plays and sonnets. Dubbed "The Bard of Avon," Shakespeare oversaw the building of the Globe Theatre in London, where a number of his plays were staged, the best-known of which include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth. The First Folio, a printed book of 36 of his comedies, tragedies, and history plays, was published in 1623.

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King Lear (Saddleback's Illustrated Classics Series) 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
GemLeitz1979 More than 1 year ago
This is another home-run by Shakespeare! A dysfunctional family in the middle of intrigue and war. A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May God reast his sole
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My bio is result one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in and winks at draco and giggles
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll keep posting in these reviews until these kids stop with the f*cking roleplaying on here. This is for book reviews, NOT roleplay!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im bored
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He chuckles
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stood there watching.
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Headline says it all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters the conflicts it purely evil, shows how foolish a father can be by not trusting the good daughter sadly cordelia dies :(
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