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King Lear (Folger Shakespeare Library) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2004
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William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England’s Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children—an older daughter Susanna and twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare’s working life was spent in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright and poet, but also as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Although some think that sometime between 1610 and 1613 Shakespeare retired from the theater and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616, others believe that he may have continued to work in London until close to his death.
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Stay far, far away from this specific copy of King Lear for Kindle.
If you are expected the quality and standards of Arden Shakespeare, you will be sadly disappointed.
It is as if someone took out all the Editor's introductory essays, started the book at the beginning of the play, and then decided that the page numbers of the original book were notations, because this book is NOT annotated as described.
What is disgraceful is that this copy's seller is actually Amazon.
Giving it 1 star because Amazon will not let me give less than that.
King Lear is a brilliant play, all around. Between the family ties, the love and lust, and just the crazy existential dialogue, it's just a great read all-around.
The criticism I have is that some of the elucidation in this book, while as clear as one would wish, is overly contemporary, thus quite jarring. Much current slang that will evenutally pass into oblivion is used. In many cases the original text would have been fine, even in the "translation" to modern English.
Nevertheless, this is quite a useful tool for anyone wanting a complete handle on the play.
King Lear is a great tragedy. It is very enjoyable.