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The History of King Lear (Dodo Press) Paperback – March 20, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dodo Press (March 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409943771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409943778
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,174,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`'This is a supremely student-friendly edition that will have far-reaching implications. Teachers throughout the English-speaking world will soon begin adopting Wells's edition for their courses.'' Eric Rasmussen, Shakespeare Survey --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Stanley Wells ran the Oxford Shakespeare Department within OUP while the Complete Works was in preparation. He is a former Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon.
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The OXFORD is a great source.
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These newly reprinted (2008) volumes of the series are wonderful.
an acquaintance
For one thing the typescript may be found to be more clear.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Scanlon VINE VOICE on September 6, 2008
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The traditional King Lear (Arden Shakespeare) adequately presents the scholarship, in three different editions stretching back a century. I admit I have not seen the latest third edition, but find the second very helpful.

As mentioned briefly in the other review here, Oxford provides a welcome supplement to the Arden. For one thing the typescript may be found to be more clear. The Arden in the second edition may be found rather busy upon the page, with under a half page of play, a busy band of textual variations and then several footnotes upon each page. Here the script is presented very clearly and openly, a great reading copy when eye ease is the main concern.

Each page of script contains similar information to the Arden, but the script itself has a much larger font than the textual variant and the footnotes.

You will discover effective and comprehensive information in its place, and find the critical essays excellent and helpful as well. Oxford has long been noted as the essential and traditional academic center of the English speaking peoples, and here we receive the fruits of that long tradition of careful, objective and exacting scholarship, particular in this field of the highest fruit of British literature, a tragedy so powerful and true to human nature as to inform our present condition today.

The text is based upon the early 1608 Quarto, avoiding the mix of compromises and guesses in the Arden, while providing in the notes an indication of variance. An interesting Ballad of King Lear, composed at about the time of the play's original presentation and serving as a sort of movie trailer of the time, is included in the ample appendices.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hayes on April 13, 2013
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Just a quick word about the Kindle version: skip it. The formatting makes it essentially impossible to follow the footnotes -- frequently the relevant footnote is on a different page from the corresponding line.

A shame, too, really, because overall this is a great edition. Stanley Wells' introduction to the play is a model for such introductions. It is clear, free of unexplained critical jargon, and makes several compelling arguments for the decision to base this edition on the first quarto with a few corrections.

Anyone who claims in a product review that a particular edition is not ideal is missing the point. There will never be a perfect edition of any Shakespeare play. Get all the Ardens, all the Oxfords, and a few extras of particular plays you're most interested in, and enjoy them all!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By an acquaintance on November 6, 2012
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The merits of this masterpiece are unassailable, so I will focus instead on the edition itself. As in others of the Oxford Shakespeare, the text is abundantly supplemented with on-page notes, making for convenient and enjoyable assistance, particularly in aid to understanding archaic terms or unusual grammatical structures. In addition there is the excellent, lengthy Introduction. The paper is thick enough to endure multiple readings and frequent use. These newly reprinted (2008) volumes of the series are wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne Occhiogrosso on September 10, 2014
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I am teaching a 30 session acting course on the play and it is an invaluable source of background material and definitions. I have word means and explanations of difficult passages at my fingertips. I have been involved in several productions of the play over a 40 year career in the theater. I only wish I had this important edition with me for all of them.
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