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William Shakespeare"s King Lear

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Published by Chelsea House Publishers in New York .
Written in English


  • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.,
  • Lear, King (Legendary character), in literature.

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Edition Notes

Statementedited and with an introduction by Harold Bloom.
SeriesModern critical interpretations
ContributionsBloom, Harold.
LC ClassificationsPR2819 .W54 1987
The Physical Object
Paginationvii, 155 p. ;
Number of Pages155
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL2738678M
ISBN 10087754929X
LC Control Number86033445

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William Shakespeare, - Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School.5/5(2).   Book of the day. History books. William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear review – an explosive mix in transforming an old play with a . The textual history of King Lear is complicated, from its first printing to how it is edited play first appeared in as a quarto titled True Chronicle Historie of the life and death of King Lear (Q1). That version of the play is in itself confusing: some verse lines are erroneously divided or set as prose, prose lines are sometimes set as verse, and the book went through multiple. King Lear is one of William Shakespeare's most famous tragedies. It was believed to have been written between , and was based on a legend of the Leir of Britain, a pre-Roman Celtic king from mythology. Shakespeare's King Lear brilliantly depicts the senility and increasing madness of its title character as he splits his kingdom into.