King Lear

King Lear

Written by:
Edited by: Russell Fraser

Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101142271
  • 352 Pages
  • Signet
  • Adult


The Signet Classics edition of one of William Shakespeare’s bleakest tragedies.

Full of cruelty and betrayal, King Lear is the story of an aging monarch whose blindness to the true nature of those around him ultimately leads to madness and despair. 

This revised Signet Classics edition includes unique features such as:

• An overview of Shakespeare’s life, world, and theater
• A special introduction to the play by the editor, Russell Fraser
• Selections from Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, Sir Philip Sidney’s Arcadia, and The True Chronicle History of King Lear, the sources from which Shakespeare derived King Lear
• Dramatic criticism from Samuel Johnson, A. C. Bradley, John Russell Brown, and others
• A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions
• Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable text
• And more…


From the Paperback edition.

Table of Contents

King Lear – William Shakespeare – Edited by Russell Fraser Samuel Johnson: From ?Preface to Shakespeare? and ?King Lear?
A. C. Bradley: From Shakespearean Tragedy
Harley Granville-Barker: From Prefaces to Shakespeare
Maynard Mack: From ?King Lear? in Our Time
Linda Bamber: The Woman Reader in ?King Lear?
Sylvan Barnet: ?King Lear? on the Stage and Screen

John Russell Brown: Staging Violence in ?King Lear?