A haunting and deeply moving play that pits wickedness against innocence like few others.
Complex, disturbing and powerful, King Lear is a play of haunting, shocking scenes and unmatched language. No reader can forget the division of the kingdom and Cordelia's disinheritance (Nothing comes of nothing. Speak again); the wild storm where Lear begins to lose his reason (Blow winds and crack your cheeks); Gloucester's torture at the hands of Goneril and Regan (Out, vile jelly / Where is thy lustre now?) or Cordelia's final, tragic end (And my poor fool is hang'd).
Published by Oxford University Press and bound in hardback buckram by The Folio Society, The Oxford Shakespeare series offers authoritative editions of Shakespeare’s plays. The early printings have been scrupulously re-examined and interpreted by eminent scholars, who also provide introductory essays covering all relevant background information, together with an appraisal of critical views and of the plays in performance. The exhaustive commentaries pay particular attention to language and staging. Reprints of sources, music for songs, genealogical tables and maps are included where necessary; many of the volumes are illustrated, and all contain an index.
Each book has an individual editor, with the whole series overseen by Stanley Wells.
Stanley Wells ran the Oxford Shakespeare Department within Oxford University Press while the Complete Works was in preparation. He is a former Director of the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon.
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