King Lear (Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Classics Series)
  • King Lear (Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Classics Series)
  • King Lear (Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Classics Series)

King Lear (Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Classics Series)

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by William Shakespeare
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9781580493413
Publisher:
Prestwick House, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Series:
Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Classics
Edition description:
Literary Touchstone Classic
Pages:
118
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.30(d)

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King Lear (Saddleback's Illustrated Classics Series) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 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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