King Lear (Arden Shakespeare, Third Series)

King Lear (Arden Shakespeare, Third Series)

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by William Shakespeare
     
 

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"By far the best edition of King Lear—in respect of both textual and other matters—that we now have."—John Lyon, English Language Notes

"This volume is a treasure-trove of precise information and stimulating comments on practically every aspect of the Lear-universe. I know of no other edition which I would recommend with such confidence:

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"By far the best edition of King Lear—in respect of both textual and other matters—that we now have."—John Lyon, English Language Notes

"This volume is a treasure-trove of precise information and stimulating comments on practically every aspect of the Lear-universe. I know of no other edition which I would recommend with such confidence: to students, professional colleagues and also the 'educated public'."—Dieter Mehl, Shakespeare Jahrbuch, vol 134

The Arden Shakespeare is the established scholarly edition of Shakespeare's plays. Now in its third series, Arden offers the best in contemporary scholarship. Each volume guides you to a deeper understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's work.

This edition of King Lear provides:

  • A clear and authoritative text, edited to the highest standards of scholarship.
  • Detailed notes and commentary on the same page as the text.
  • A full, illustrated introduction to the play's historical, cultural and performance contexts.
  • An in-depth survey of critical approaches to the play.
  • A full index to the introduction and notes.
  • A select bibliography of references and further reading.

With a wealth of helpful and incisive commentary, the Arden Shakespeare is the finest edition of Shakespeare you can find.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781903436585
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Series:
Arden Shakespeare Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
465
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English dramatist, poet, and actor, generally regarded as the greatest playwright of all time.

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King Lear (Barnes & Noble Shakespeare) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
JohnLemon More than 1 year ago
This review is not of King Lear itself (one of my two favorite Shakespeare plays, with the other being Othello), but rather on this edition of Lear (ISBN: 9781411400795), which was edited by Andrew Hadfield and David Scott Kastan. I read a lot of heavily annotated books, and I have to say that the Barnes & Noble Shakespeare editions have one of the best book designs I've ever encountered. The various references materials (footnotes and definitions for archaic words) appear in a manner that makes the text very easy to follow. The scholarship is also top-notch. The annotations give you enough to make things clear without insulting your intelligence, or without overburdening you with unnecessary detail. The essays are also interesting and informative. I've been avoiding Shakespeare ever since high school, which was many years ago. Now that I'm reading him again, I'm glad I'm in such good hands. It is making the experience a joy, rather than a chore. My compliments to the editors and the book designer. They have done a superior job of making this difficult text accessible to the modern reader. Highly recommended.
typoo More than 1 year ago
The Barnes and Noble edition of the plays are my favorites to read. The format of the books is great. No jumping around to read the footnotes and text explanatory notes unless I want to. The play speaks for itself and has for hundreds of years. I highly recommend all the B&N editions of his plays.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Barnes & Noble Shakespeare editions are my favorites. The font and clean layout make them very readable and the notes are helpful without being distracting to the eye or burdensome to read. They are also very reasonably priced!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Barnes and Noble team did a fantastic job here. The play - one of Shakespeare's best tragedies - is well-annotated and free from the crumminess inherent to the cheap Shakespeare editions that can be found on the Nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great play, this edition has been the victiom of the google books project & so contains glaring typographical errors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the language! I loved how it all came together at the end. It was kind of suspenseful. I love Shakespeare.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The actual play Is much interesting but with the errors of the spelling it made it reaally boringgg no wonder its for free
raethompson More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite Shakespearean plays. Its challenging but a great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
king lear is awsome -- thought i didnt read the book -- i did hear an a audio tape -- i got it cuz i was interested in it after a 'just shoot me' eposide -- its been one of my meny favertiot books sence (excuse mey spelling please)
Guest More than 1 year ago
King Lear is William Shakespeare's most magnificent and deliciously diabolical plays of ingratitude, the intoxicating promise of power and position, and the ultimate sacrifice of love. Lear's two daughters Regan and Goneril are two monstrously malevolant women of Britain who perpetuate their father's decreasing sanity, in order to maintain power in Britain. Lear's youngest daughter Cordelia, a compassionate, loyal, kind, and wonderfully woman who is a trememdous contrast to her evil sisters Goneril and Regan. Cordelia is, an angel of goodness who is a spectacular influence and characterization of what a daughter should give and mention to her father, not out of appetite but out of conscience. The line between good and evil is faultlessly drawn in this spectacular play by one of the most ingenious writers of the human condition who ever lived.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Certainly the most powerful and profound of all Shakespeare's plays. This one has to do with the ungratefulness of Lear's three daughters. Gonreil, Regan, and Cordelia whom he has divided his kingdom amongst the three of them. Except, Cordelia who has estranged herself from his love. Little does he know the two daughters whom he thinks love's him most are actually wicekdly plotting against him. I thought this had to be the most triumphant play written by Shakespeare. A glorious, and overwhelming account of selfishness, ingraitude, madness, and evil amongst a family seperated by hatred.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So I'm not exactly a Shakespeare scholar, but I still loved this tragedy. I think it's one of the best one, and it's a pity so few are put on live action show (the recent Hamlet,Henry V,Richard III,Midsummer Night's Dream, and other movies were great!). Unfortunately, some complain that it is not an official 'tragedy' because, according to A.C. Bradley, who's supposed to be some real genius, requires that Fate have little to do with any good tragedy...Yet King Lear DOES include Fate (cf. Gloucester's laments about the gods playing with human lives). So much of it that I think it's one of the main themes of the play. Unlike Bradley, I think this inevitability only INTENSES the depressing mood of the play, and to people suffering from chronic depression (like myself), the play really speaks out. Generational gaps and treatment of seniors are very relevant to our society, yet the question of Fate and the great tragedy that life can sometimes end up to be cannot be ignored in this one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. I mean, it IS a tragedy right???
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* holds his sword and coughs blood. He collapses bleeing from the chidori hole. The sword slides by Daisuke and blood pours around kai. *
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What clan is this? If anyone reads this, join Darkclan at othello all results!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her golden pelt stood out in the moonlight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bbt maybe
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Okay. Thankss."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Done. Advertised at Erin Hunter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She hugs her knees, the book propped up upon her thighs as she scans the pages, words from both the lyrics in her earbuds and from the page filtering through her brain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Appears in a small poof of blue smoke.* I'm here, dahlangs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smiles wickedly