Oxford World's Classics: The Oxford Shakespeare: The History of King Lear (World Classics)

Oxford World's Classics: The Oxford Shakespeare: The History of King Lear (World Classics)

William Shakespeare

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 0199535825

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

King Lear, widely considered Shakespeare's most deeply moving, passionately expressed, and intellectually ambitious play, has almost always been edited from the revised version printed in the First Folio of 1623, with additions from the quarto of 1608. Now for the first time, this new volume presents the full, scholarly edition to be based firmly on the quarto, now recognized as the base text from which all others derive. A thorough, attractively written introduction suggests how the work grew slowly in Shakespeare's imagination, fed by years of reading, thinking, and experience as a practical dramatist. This editition consists of a new, modern-spelling text; a full index to the introduction and commentary; production photographs and related art. The on-page commentary and detailed notes to this edition offer critical help in understanding the language and dramaturgy in relation to the theaters in which King Lear was first performed. Additional sections reprint the early ballad, which was among the play's earliest sources, and provide additional guides to understanding and appreciating one of the greatest masterworks of Western civilization.

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13.34 bending 15.71; 16.73–4 benediction 21.56 benefacted 16.44 benison 1.255; 20.217 Berenger, Richard p. 64 Bergman, Ingmar p. 77 Berry, Ralph pp. 35, 72 beseech 1.199 besort 4.242 bespoke 24.87 bestow 20.278 bestowed 7.447 Bethell, S. L. p. 35 bethought 7.171 betray . . . practice 6.107 better aught 4.327 better, best 6.14 Betterton, Thomas p. 62 beweep 4.293 beyond . . . much 1.55 Bible, The pp. 29, 87 biblical parallels 1.82–3, 89, 240, 271; 2.104–7; 4.13, 279, 292–4;

flesh and fell 24.24 flesh, framed 20.219 fleshment 7.117 Flibbertigibbet 11.103 flickering 7.103 Florio, John pp. 10, 27, 29 flying off 7.255 Foakes, R. A. pp. 5, 10, 13, 31, 37, 56 fogs, fen-sucking 7.324 foins 20.237 follow 4.38; 7.420 following . . . affairs 7.143 folly 1.140 fond 4.292; 21.58 Fontane, Theodor p. 70 food of 15.20 fool 4.147; 24.300 fool . . . knave 9.73 fool of fortune, natural 20.179 fools . . . mischief 16.53–4 foot . . . body 16.28 football 4.81

that printing of Q1 probably began in December 1607 and continued into 1608 (p. 85). Two compositors set the book seriatim—i.e. working straight through from the beginning to the end of the manuscript, not dividing up separate sections of the text between them so that they could work simultaneously. They are identified by Blayney as Okes’s B and C. C set 17.0 to 18.30; 20.95 to 205; 20.263 to 21.55; and 24.118 (after ‘summons’) to the end. B set the rest of the play. 12. A page (sig. D2 verso)

to acknowledge him that now I am brazed to it.        10 KENT I cannot conceive you. GLOUCESTER Sir, this young fellow’s mother could, whereupon she grew round-wombed and had indeed, sir, a son for her cradle ere she had a husband for her bed. Do you smell a fault?        15 KENT I cannot wish the fault undone, the issue of it being so proper. GLOUCESTER But I have, sir, a son by order of law, some year elder than this, who yet is no dearer in my account. Though this knave came something

to suppose everybody to be stupid 75 not thought did not think profits of benefits resulting from 76 Were . . . spurs would be very compelling and powerful incentives 77 fastened confirmed 78 got begot—an accusation of bastardy (‘And this to Edmund his bastard!’: Granville Barker, p. 316, describing this as a stroke of irony ‘only to be fully appreciated perhaps by the shade of Lady Gloucester’.) 80 ports seaports, or gates of walled towns 81 picture could mean simply ‘description’. 85

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