The Oxford Shakespeare: The History of King Lear: The 1608 Quarto
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The Oxford Shakespeare: The History of King Lear: The 1608 Quarto

William Shakespeare, Stanley Wells (Honorary President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Emeritus Professor, Honorary President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham)

This new edition of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy is based, exceptionally, on the quarto, the version closest to his original manuscript. The Introduction illuminates the play’s origins and the practicalities of its composition, and reaches beyond to its reception and influence down the centuries. Detailed notes pay especial attention to the language and staging, and the volume includes King Lear ’s first derivative, a contemporary ballad, and guides to appreciation of the play and its multiple offshoots.

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