King Lear

King Lear

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By (author) William Shakespeare, Revised by Kiernan Ryan, Introduction by Kiernan Ryan, Edited by George K. Hunter, Series edited by Stanley W. Wells, Series edited by T. J. B. Spencer

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 180mm x 26mm | 400g
  • Publication date: 7 April 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141012293
  • ISBN 13: 9780141012292
  • Illustrations note: music
  • Sales rank: 102,536

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An ageing king makes a capricious decision to divide his realm among his three daughters according to the love they express for him. When the youngest daughter refuses to take part in this charade, she is banished, leaving the king dependent on her manipulative and untrustworthy sisters. In the scheming and recriminations that follow, not only does the king's own sanity crumble, but the stability of the realm itself is also threatened.

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was born to John Shakespeare and mother Mary Arden some time in late April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. He wrote about 38 plays (the precise number is uncertain), a collection of sonnets and a variety of other poems. Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor of the University of Birmingham and Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Kiernan Ryan is Professor of English at Royal Holloway, University of London, and a Fellow of New Hall, University of Cambridge. He is the author of Shakespeare (3rd edn, 2002) and the editor of King Lear: Contemporary Critical Essays (1992) and Shakespeare: The Last Plays (1999).