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King Lear (The RSC Shakespeare)

King Lear (The RSC Shakespeare) [Kindle Edition]

William Shakespeare , Eric Rasmussen , Jonathan Bate
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From the Royal Shakespeare Company, this fresh edition offers new insight into Shakespeare's dark tragedy through interviews with leading directors Adrian Noble, Trevor Nunn and Deborah Warner, outstanding scene-by-scene analysis and on-page notes, and a thought-provoking new introduction from celebrated scholar Jonathan Bate.

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The first edition of King Lear developed by and for the RSC, with unique material including a new introduction from Jonathan Bate and interviews with important RSC directors

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1161 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0230576141
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (23 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire and was baptised on 26 April 1564. Thought to have been educated at the local grammar school, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he went on to have three children, at the age of eighteen, before moving to London to work in the theatre. Two erotic poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece were published in 1593 and 1594 and records of his plays begin to appear in 1594 for Richard III and the three parts of Henry VI. Shakespeare's tragic period lasted from around 1600 to 1608, during which period he wrote plays including Hamlet and Othello. The first editions of the sonnets were published in 1609 but evidence suggests that Shakespeare had been writing them for years for a private readership.

Shakespeare spent the last five years of his life in Stratford, by now a wealthy man. He died on 23 April 1616 and was buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. The first collected edition of his works was published in 1623.

(The portrait details: The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. NPG1, © National Portrait Gallery, London)

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars User-friendly but Narrowly Conceived 1 Jun 2009
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An excellent reading copy: beautifully produced, with well-judged notes and a user-friendly manner. Its weakness is that, instead of seeing King Lear as a major cultural document written in the dominant literary form of its time - the commercial play - it sees it as primarily a text for performance. It reproduces the text included in the Complete Works published in 2007 under the auspices of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The RSC Shakespeare was a major event in English studies. It returned the plays to their condition in 1623, when the first collected edition was published under the aegis of the King's Men, the acting company Shakespeare had belonged to. Half the plays, however, had already been published individually, most of them in versions as authentic as those of the collected edition. King Lear was one of them, published in 1608, a couple of years after its first performance. The collected edition prints a shortened version of this play; it tidies it up, but also impoverishes it by omitting important moments in the play's meaning and emotion. The obvious remedy for this is to restore the omissions, which has been the common editorial practice since the eighteenth century. The RSC editors, though, committed to a view of the later text as a final acting version, are reluctant to do this, and print the omitted passages in a lengthy appendix. This is a shame; and it's a bit of an irony that the edition of Lear previously preferred by the RSC, the New Penguin Shakespeare, which restores the omissions, actually presents a version of the play that is richer and more nuanced, and one closer to Shakespeare's original and fullest conception.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Posted as new but was in rubbish condition 18 April 2014
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They posted the product as beingnew, but the cover was bent, there was sticky stuff from where the sticker had been. Did not live up to expectations!
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