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on November 16, 2012
You can jump from the text to the note but good luck getting back to the text. This is a common problem in ebooks, but it's a particular nuisance here where there are so many notes and the text is hard to understand without them. Publishers, please work on fixing this. Readers should probably stick to the print edition for now. The notes and commentary in this edition are actually excellent.
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on February 27, 2013
The Modern Library/RSC Shakespeare series IS a very valuable addition. Inexpensive edition of the plays, helpful scene-by-scene summaries of the action, etc. But by far the most valuable part of the half dozen volumes I have studied is the "In Performance" sections. This is what sets this series apart from most others. Here, are performance histories detailing a variety of historic interpretations, interviews with contemporary directors and actors, revealing how they interpreted the text, and turned it into a stage drama.

This Lear volume, unfortunately, is marred by the "temporally ethnocentric" and gross overemphasis upon the 1970 Peter Brook production, which perversely saw Lear as a Beckett or Brecht play. Instead of Shakespeare's profound, nuanced picture of a complex world of good and evil, with glimpses of transcendent, redeeming dimensions, we are given--as the proper touchstone to all future presentations--an absurdist, nihilistic vision of life, deliberately removing all affirmation of the worth of life, and of a distinction between good and evil! Hard to believe? Cf. pp. 166 ff. "Productions of Lear would {could?} never be the same after this." ??

Even in this flawed volume, there is much to learn. And most of the other volumes I have studied in this series are not marred by such imbalanced "Mod" decadence. I hope the volume on TWELFTH NIGHT, with its gratuitous, stressed homosexualizing of several relationships, is not a sad omen for future volumes in the series.
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on November 19, 2013
If you're going to read "King Lear" on a Kindle, the Modern Library Classics edition is a very good choice. Typesetting a play is quite different from typesetting a book--what with stage directions, scene descriptions, and parenthetical editorial insertions--and this edition makes all of those different categories of text easy to delineate. The only thing it lacks is line numbers, which can pose a challenge to navigation when discussing or reciting the play with others. The table of contents usefully features links to each act and scene.

The extra content is very worthwhile. More than half the file space consists of aids to study, such as an introductory essay, an explanation of different versions of the text, a critical apparatus, endnotes (which are almost too extensive), biographical information about Shakespeare, and quite a lot more, making this a good student edition.

"King Lear" exists in two major versions, the so-called Quarto and Folio versions. Modern Library Classics generally follows Folio, but the major passages that appear only in Quarto are included in an appendix.
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on February 26, 2011
It's not only the play but it has all kinds of historical and informational backgrounds on the performance and the writing.
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on December 7, 2016
Came quickly and as described.
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on August 16, 2013
Great text though I have not read it! I am planning on getting nose deep in this wonderful book... I know you will enjoy this precise size!
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on March 24, 2015
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on May 6, 2016
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