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King Lear (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series).pdf

King Lear (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series).pdf

King Lear is one of the most famous and tragic plays by William Shakespeare, the English poet and playwright. The play tells the story of an old king who decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, based on how much they profess their love for him. However, his plan backfires when the two eldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, betray him and his youngest daughter, Cordelia, who truly loves him, is banished. The play explores themes such as madness, loyalty, justice, and family.

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The Arden Shakespeare is a series of scholarly editions of Shakespeare's works, published by Bloomsbury. The series was founded in 1899 by Edward Dowden, and has since gone through several revisions and editions. The third series, which began in 1995, aims to provide the most authoritative and up-to-date texts of Shakespeare's plays, with extensive introductions, notes, and appendices. The third series also incorporates the latest developments in textual and theatrical scholarship, as well as new critical approaches and perspectives.

The Arden edition of King Lear was edited by R.A. Foakes, a professor emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles. Foakes is a renowned Shakespearean scholar who has written and edited several books and articles on Shakespeare's plays, especially the tragedies. The Arden edition of King Lear was published in 1997, and has been praised as "by far the best edition of King Lear - in respect of both textual and other matters - that we now have" . The edition offers a comprehensive introduction that covers the sources, date, text, performance history, and critical interpretation of the play. It also provides a detailed commentary that explains the language, imagery, and stage directions of the play. The edition also includes several appendices that discuss the textual variants, the quarto and folio versions, the adaptations and rewritings, and the influence of King Lear on later literature and culture.

The Arden edition of King Lear is available as a PDF file that can be downloaded from various websites . The PDF file contains the full text of the play, along with the introduction, notes, and appendices. The PDF file also preserves the formatting and layout of the printed edition. The PDF file is suitable for reading on computers, tablets, or e-readers that support PDF format. However, some features such as hyperlinks or bookmarks may not work properly on some devices or applications.

The Arden edition of King Lear is an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to study or enjoy one of Shakespeare's greatest masterpieces. It offers a reliable and authoritative text of the play, along with a wealth of information and insight that enhances the understanding and appreciation of the play. It is also a convenient and accessible way to access the play in digital format.

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