One of the most popular of Shakespeare's plays, King Lear is also one of the most thought-provoking. The play turns on the practical ramifications of the words of Christ that we should render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's. When confronted with the demand that she should render unto Caesar that which is God's, Cordelia chooses to "love and be silent". As the play unfolds each of the principal characters learns wisdom through suffering. This edition includes new critical essays by some of the leading lights in contemporary literary scholarship.
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List of Illustrations; 1. Problems and choices; 2. John Gielgud and Harley Granville Barker; 3. Peter Brook and Paul Scofield; 4. Robin Philips and Peter Ustinov; 5. Adrian Noble, Michael Gambon and Anthony Sher; 6. Grigori Kozintsev; 7. Peter Brook; 8. Jonathan Miller and Michael Hordern; 9. Laurence Olivier; 10.
Release on 1982-10-28 | by Kenneth Muir,Stanley Wells
Author: Kenneth Muir,Stanley Wells
Pubpsher: CUP Archive
Category: Literary Criticism
This volume brings together nine essays on King Lear by distinguished scholars, all of which were first published in Shakespeare Survey, the leading journal devoted to Shakespeare studies. A retrospective survey of criticism from 1934 to the present is followed by studies of the play's style and discussion of its background, meaning and theatrical presentation. The volume is illustrated with photographs of post-war productions.
The Discovery of Nature and the Recovery of Classical Natural Right
Author: Mark Allen McDonald
Pubpsher: University Press of America
Category: Literary Criticism
Although he is considered to be the world's greatest dramatist, Shakespeare seems to have escaped the detection of thinkers on politics and the philosophic tradition of thought on man. Shakespeare's 'King Lear' with 'The Tempest' is Mark McDonald's inquiry into the political philosophy of William Shakespeare through a reading of King Lear with reference to The Tempest. McDonald follows an argument connecting King Lear to the question of natural right and to changes in the orders of the western world at the beginnings of modernity.