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William Shakespeare , Jay L. Halio
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11 Aug 2005 The New Cambridge Shakespeare
For this updated critical edition of King Lear, Professor Halio has added a new introductory section on recent stage, film, and critical interpretations of the play. He gives a comprehensive account of Shakespeare's sources and the literary, political and folkloric influences at work in the play; a detailed reading of the action; and a substantial stage history of major productions. Professor Halio chooses the Folio as the text for this edition. He explains the differences between the quarto and Folio versions and alerts the reader to the rival claims of the quarto by means of a sampling of parallel passages in the Introduction and by an appendix which contains annotated passages unique to the quarto. An updated reading list completes the edition.

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  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (11 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521612632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521612630
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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For this updated edition of King Lear, Professor Halio has added an introductory section on recent stage, film, and critical interpretations of the play. He gives a comprehensive account of Shakespeare's sources and the literary and political influences at work in the play. An updated reading list completes the edition.

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Jay L. Halio is Professor of English at the University of Delaware.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Edition 27 Feb 2013
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This edition, edited by J.L. Halio, is the best text for academic study. My university professor (who has edited the edition of Cymbeline in this series) recommended it for its informative and thorough introduction, and excellent editorial explanatory notes. An all-round excellent buy for any student of Shakespeare's best play.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too many notes 30 Sep 2013
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The book was in fair condition but there were extensive notes written on every page, so it was impossible to see the text.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Note this is just the folio text 1 Aug 2010
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The editor of this edition, Jay L. Halio, has made the decision to base the text purely on Shakespeare's folio, rather than on the more usual conflation of the folio and the quarto. Quarto passages which aren't in the folio appear in an appendix at the back. This means that the text in this edition departs quite significantly from the text of other editions in key places. Halio makes a scholarly case for his decision representing something closer to Shakespeare's final version of the play, but it's frustrating if you're interested in the quarto or if you want to read King Lear in its more usual modern form.
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