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King Lear (Folger Shakespeare Library) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2004
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My first love will always be Prof. Tucker Brook's redaction in the The Tragedy Of King Lear (The Yale Shakespeare) which against the academic preferences of the time chose the First Quarto over the First Folio. The reasons given by the Late Prof. are compelling, and brought about a generation of conflated editions which combined the two versions. The Quarto came first in publication, of course, and is longer; the Folio is later and does not contain several lines present in the Quarto (I believe about three hundred) yet introduces several (perhaps one hundred) of its own.
And so we have a generation of productions which sought to combine the two. For instance we have an early recording of Paul Scofield as the King using a conflated edition and a later recording from his eighties in which only the Folio is used: King Lear (Naxos AudioBooks), following as it states the The Tragedy of King Lear (The New Cambridge Shakespeare), a strictly First Folio presentation.Read more ›
Foakes is well aware that his single, 'conflated' text isn't as fashionable as those of the 'revisionists' mentioned above, who believe that the Folio text of Lear represents Shakespeare's revised and final draft, and that modern editors should not pick and mix between Q and F but respect the integrity of the two early sources. While seemingly reactionary, Foakes is in fact countering the new orthodoxy of Halio et al. In his view, their 'dogmatic and purist stance ... abandons the idea of King Lear as a single work of which we have two versions.' He is cautious and level-headed in his approach, aware of the limitations of scholarly speculation and in presenting both Q and F variants he allows the reader to make up her/his own mind.
Aside from this central controversy, Arden3 Lear has much to offer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like I say about all Shakespeare: the Arden versions are my favorite. I own about a third of the Canon in them already. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Autumn McKinney-Brooks
Easy to navigate and read. No intro. No list of characters. No footnotes. The Kindle dictionary was helpful with archaic words.Published 9 days ago by Larry G
I never studied this one in school. I need the notes on the opposite page explaining the elizabethan terms, otherwise it is hard to follow. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Beatriz
Well, it is King Lear, a great play. What can a mere reader say more than that.Published 3 months ago by Marnette Saz
King Lear, a well known Shakespearean tragedy is equally humorous and depressing. I highly recommend it for the comedy and the tragic storyline that is quite entertaining. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
King Lear by William Shakespeare is a wonderful play for students to read and analyze because of the strong characters, the character relationships... Read more
No nonsense, no frills book. You get the text of King Lear and nothing else (except we love the cover art!). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer