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King Lear (Arden Edition)

King Lear (Arden Edition)
Your Price: $23.00 CDN
Author: William Shakespeare
Edited by: R.A. Foakes
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Series: The Arden Shakespeare Third Series
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 456
Pub. Date: 1997
ISBN-10: 1903436591
ISBN-13: 9781903436592
About the Play:

In the first part of Foakes's introduction, the editor examines King Lear as it is read in the mind versus how it is performed on the stage, analyzing historical productions and certain elements of the play that shine in performance but not in text, and vice versa. This section also explores how and why the play has invited so many interpretations, in reading and performance, since its inception. The next part of the introduction considers trends in the criticism and staging of the play, such as the recent shift of favour from redemptive to bleak readings. Foakes then addresses the dating of the play, the differences among the Quarto and Folio texts, and whether these changes are mere discrepancies or intentional revisions. Finally, the editor discusses the casting of the play and explains notable usages in his edition. There are two appendices that follow the play: the first examines two textual problems that are particularly difficult to interpret, and the second explains differences in lineation between the Quarto and Folio editions, which resulted from confusion whether certain lines were in prose or verse. This edition also includes list of illustrations, abbreviations, and references, as well as a general editors' preface and an index.

What people say:

"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

About the Playwright:

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

About the Editor:

R.A. Foakes is Professor Emeritus at University of California