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King Lear: BBC Dramatization (BBC Radio…

King Lear: BBC Dramatization (BBC Radio Presents) (edition 1994)

by William Shakespeare (Author)

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Title:King Lear: BBC Dramatization (BBC Radio Presents)
Authors:William Shakespeare (Author)
Info:Random House Audio (1994), Edition: Abridged

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King Lear: BBC Dramatization (BBC Radio Presents) by William Shakespeare



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I decided to overcome longstanding feelings of inadequacy which had until now kept me away from Shakespeare's plays, which I had never studied in school and which seemed indecipherable to me. There is no particular reason why I chose to start with Lear, other than the fact that I had gotten my hands on an excellent audio version of a performance featuring John Gielgud as the king. One of Shakespeare most bleak and depressing, plays, it tells the story of how King Lear chose to divide his kingdom between his two eldest daughters because of their flattering words, disowning his most faithful daughter, Cordelia when she fails to shower him with compliments, and thereby bringing himself unending torment and sorrow. I've yet to listen to that performance, but I read the play first, and with SparkNotes helping me to decipher all the nuances of Shakespearean English, was surprised to find myself enjoying it to the point of laughter when the unremitting bleakness had one of the central characters putting it succinctly when he said: "Our present business is general woe". That's one Shakespeare quote I'm not likely to forget! ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553455389, Audio CD)

A king foolishly divides his kingdom between his scheming two oldest daughters and estranges himself from the daughter who loves him. So begins this profoundly moving and disturbing tragedy that, perhaps more than any other work in literature, challenges the notion of a coherent and just universe. The king and others pay dearly for their shortcomings–as madness, murder, and the anguish of insight and forgiveness that arrive too late combine to make this an all-embracing tragedy of evil and suffering.

Each Edition Includes:
• Comprehensive explanatory notes
• Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship
• Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English
• Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories
• An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography

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