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King Lear (1608)

by William Shakespeare, Bristol Walker

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King Lear is considered one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. King Lear decides to step down and divide his kingdom between his three daughters. When his youngest and favorite daughter refuses to compete and perform her love for him, he is enraged and disowns her. She remains loyal to him, however, though he slides into madness and his other children betray him.

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A very enjoyable edition. Unlike most of the Arden editions, Foakes comes across more as an educator than an academic-among-friends. This does mean occasionally that he'll cover ground most professional-level readers already understand, but it makes this a really well-rounded introduction to the play.

The decision here is to incorporate both Quarto and Folio texts in one, with the differences clearly delineated. It's probably the best possible option for this play, and well done. ( )
  therebelprince | Apr 21, 2024 |
this has the distinction of being the only work of his i would say i enjoyed. after reading a lot of these and talking to a lot of people why shakespeare is great, it seems to me he is a writer for:
- people who can read and enjoy pretty much anything ie the same people youll find reading harry potter and stuff. everyone that isn't obviously difficult or antiquated or without renown is an author for them, so this is a bit redundant
- people who are interested in art as something primarily expository and with exclusively objective standards of quality i.e. those who take the ideas of aristotle's poetics and universalize them. he is an EXTREMELY aristotelian artist
- people who would really rather read a work of philosophy than a work of literature, or at least people who think that philosophy is more IMPORTANT than art. as consequence, these are also people who really only care about whether themes are interesting and delivered intelligibly/cogently

my primary evidence for this is the fact that my enjoyment of the work comes almost entirely from the extreme affinity its thematic content has with what i think about love. here just like in every other work of shakespeare's i found the same clumsy devices and scattershot aesthetics that i feel, were i to read all his work, would characterize his entire output. maybe ill return to him a bit more to finalize this but it seems pretty definitive to me that as a writer shakespeare could not care less about beauty or aesthetics, so he isn't really for me at all and im not going to bother trying anymore

no reason to clown on people for talking about "reading" him and calling his work "literature" and talking about his faults as a "writer"; you know as well as i he has a reputation for being eminently readable outside of the theatrical context. nevertheless ive seen some of these works in play form and they didnt do anything to my opinion ( )
  windowlight | Jan 25, 2024 |
Shakespeare's masterpiece
  SrMaryLea | Aug 22, 2023 |

Ao chegar à velhice, Lear, rei da Bretanha, se vê obrigado a dividir seu reino. A maior desgraça para um monarca atingira-o: para protegê-lo e garantir sua sucessão, nenhum filho varão, apenas três filhas mulheres, Goneril, Regana e Cordélia. As duas primeiras são casadas, respectivamente, com o Duque da Albânia e com o Duque da Cornualha, olhos cobiçosos por sobre as terras bretãs, enquanto que Cordélia recusa-se a casar, para permanecer ao lado do pai. Mas o assédio de estranhos pelo reino não é o mal maior do qual padece o rei. A progressiva dificuldade de discernir as atitudes e os discursos daqueles que o cercam, o embotamente da percepção da sinceridade e da falsidade humana e a suspeita errônea de onde viria a traição são os males fatais para o outrora grande monarca
  EuniceGomes | Apr 8, 2023 |
I liked it but I’m ngl I did watch the play while reading, it helped a lot to keep a visual on the characters ( )
  Liesl. | Mar 23, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Shakespeare, Williamprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bristol Walkermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bald, R. C.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baudissin, Wolf Heinrich GrafTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beck, Jack WolfgangIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brissaud, PierreIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brooke, C. F. TuckerEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brooke, TuckerEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buck, Philo M.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eccles, MarkEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fergusson, FrancisEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foakes, R. A.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Günther, FrankTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gollancz, IsraelPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hallqvist, Britt G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harbage, AlfredEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harrison, G. B.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jylhä, YrjöTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Lamar, Virginia A.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mowat, Barbara A.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Radspieler, HansEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ribner, IrvingEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ridley, M. R.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rolfe, William J.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ryan, KiernanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Verity, A. W.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weis, RenéEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Werstine, PaulEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wieland, Christoph MartinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wolfit, DonaldIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wright, Louis B.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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I thought the king had more affected the Duke of Albany than Cornwall.
Although the last, not least.
Nothing will come of nothing.
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is

To have a thankless child!
Oh, that way madness lies; let me shun that.
The worst is not

So long as we can say, "This is the worst."
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King Lear is considered one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. King Lear decides to step down and divide his kingdom between his three daughters. When his youngest and favorite daughter refuses to compete and perform her love for him, he is enraged and disowns her. She remains loyal to him, however, though he slides into madness and his other children betray him.


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Hinn aldurhnigni konungur Lér hefur ákveðið að skipta konungsríki sínu á milli dætra sinna þriggja, og skal hlutur hverrar dóttur fara eftir því hvað ást hennar á honum er mikil. En hvað vottar skýrast um ást barna til foreldra? Auðsveipni og fagurgali eldri systranna tveggja eða sjálfstæði og hreinskilni Kordelíu þeirrar yngstu? Æfur af reiði yfir því sem Lér telur skort á ást, afneitar hann Kordelíu og skiptir ríkinu í tvennt á milli eldri systranna. Í hönd fara tímar grimmúðlegrar valdabaráttu, svikráða og upplausnar og það líður ekki á löngu þar til eldri systurnar hafa hrakið föður sinn á burt.Meistaraverk Shakespeares veitir einstaka innsýn í heim hinna valdaþyrstu, blekkingar þeirra og klæki. Tímalaust listaverk fullt af visku um átök kynslóðanna, drambið, blinduna, brjálsemina og það að missa allt. Lér konungur er kynngimagnað og stórbrotið leikrit, einn frægasti harmleikur  Shakespeares. Verkið á erindi við fólk á öllum tímum og er sviðsett í leikhúsum um víða veröld á ári hverju.Hér er á ferð ný þýðing Þórarins Eldjárns á þessu sígilda meistaraverki sem gerð er í tilefni af uppsetningu Þjóðleikhússins á verkinu leikárið 2010-2011.
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