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The First Quarto of King Lear

The First Quarto of King Lear

by William Shakespeare, Jay L. Halio


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This edition of Shakespeare's King Lear is based on the first (1608) quarto and represents a significantly different version from that published in the folio of 1623, which forms the basis of the standard New Cambridge Shakespeare edition. Each has numerous unique passages and hundreds of variant readings, creating differences that affect the structure, characterization and overall impact of the play. This volume contains a substantial introduction, the text of the first quarto, a collation of variant readings and an appendix of passages unique to the Folio.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521587075
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/13/2003
Series: New Cambridge Shakespeare: The Early Quartos Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.35(d)

About 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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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Place of Death:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations and conventions; Introduction; Note on the text; List of characters; The Play; Textual notes; Appendix: Passages unique to the Folio.

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