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King Lear (1608) [Play]
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King Lear banishes his favorite daughter when she speaks out against him. Little does he know that the two other daughters who praise him are actually plotting against him.

Powerful tragedy of an aging king, betrayed by his daughters, robbed of his kingdom, descending into madness. Perhaps the bleakest of Shakespeare's tragic dramas, it explores themes of filial ingratitude, injustice, wretchedness and the meaninglessness of life with unsurpassed power and depth.

Original title: The History of King Lear / The Tragedy of King Lear
Original languages: English


Genre: Drama and PlaysEnglishElizabethan

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Complete Works of Shakespeare (1951) [Omnibus Volume]
      Author: William Shakespeare


  • The Akira Kurosawa movie Ran is loosely based on King Lear.


  • Dear as Salt :: other texts of the folkore type 923, upon which "King Lear" is based, at D. L. Ashliman's Folklore and Mythology Electronic texts

Edition #1: King Lear

King Lear (1998)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

-An extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater
-A special introduction to the play by the editor
-Sources from which Shakespeare derived King Lear
-Dramatic criticism from the past and present
-A comprehensive stage and screen history
-Text, notes, and commentaries
-List of recommended readings

Language: English

Edition: Signet Classic Shakespeare, Revised

Edited by: Russell A. Fraser
Introduction by: Russell A. Fraser
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Manifested in:

The Tragedy of King Lear (June 1, 1998)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Signet Classics
ISBN: 0451526937
Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.7 in
Pages: 352

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King Lear (1963)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Signet Classics
Dimensions: 4.2 x 7.1 x 0.8 in
Pages: 287

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