Internet Shakespeare Editions

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Texts on the Cambridge Lear

  • The basic text (the "Finder" text): a copy-text conflated edition of Lear edited by Jay Halio and Christie Carson;
  • The notes to the Quarto text, edited by Jay Halio;
  • The notes to the Plays in Performance King Lear edited by Jacky Bratton;
  • Facsimiles of both Quarto and Folio;
  • An archive of later adaptations:

    • The History of King Lear by Nahum Tate, 1681;
    • King Lear -- A Tragedy edited by Nicholas Rowe, 1709;
    • David Garrick's text as recorded by John Bell in 1774;
    • William Charles Macready's text of 1838 published by Lacy in 1857; and
    • Charles Kean's text, 1858