9780192839923

The History of King Lear

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  • ISBN13:

    9780192839923

  • ISBN10:

    0192839926

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-04-12
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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The Oxford Shakespeare offers authoritative texts from leading scholars in editions designed to interpret and illuminate the plays for modern readers- a new, modern-spelling text, based on the Quarto text of 1608- on-page commentary and notes explain meaning, staging, allusions and much else- detailed introduction considers composition, sources, performances and changing critical attitudes to the play- illustrated with production photographs and related art- includes 'The Ballad of King Lear' and related offshoots- full index to introduction and commentary- durable sewn binding for lasting use'not simply a better text but a new conception of Shakespeare. This is a major achievement of twentieth-century scholarship.' Times Literary Supplement

Author Biography


Stanley Wells ran the Oxford Shakespeare Dept. within OUP for the years in which the Complete Works were in preparation; and he is the general editor of The Oxford Shakespeare/Oxford World's Classics Shakespeare series in which the present volume appears. He is also co-general editor of the new Oxford Shakespeare Topics series. Formerly Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, he is now Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Professor Emeritus in the University of Birmingham.
Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor were the general editors of the Oxford Complete Works of Shakespeare.
Gary Taylor [WHOSE TEXT WAS USED, WITH SOME MODIFICATIONS, FOR THE PRESENT EDITION] is co-general-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Thomas Middleton edition.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
ix
Introduction 1(2)
What Shakespeare Wrote
3(6)
When Shakespeare Wrote `King Lear'
9(5)
Where the Play Came From
14(3)
Legend
17(14)
`King Leir'
20(6)
`Arcadia'
26(1)
Other Influences
27(4)
Shaping the Play
31(18)
The Play's Language
49(7)
Early Performance
56(1)
`King Lear' as a Text for Readers
57(3)
Performance Texts of `King Lear'
60(2)
Nahum Tate's Adaptation
62(7)
Return to Shakespeare
69(6)
Interpretation in Performance
75(6)
Textual Introduction and Editorial Procedures 81(222)
Abbreviations and References
88(7)
The History Of King Lear
95(208)
The Ballad of King Lear
277(9)
Offshoots of `King Lear'
286(7)
Alterations to Lineation
293(10)
Index 303

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