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About this edition

About this edition

  • Editor: Michael Best
  • General textual editors: James D. Mardock, Eric Rasmussen
  • Coordinating editor: Michael Best
  • Associate coordinating editor: Janelle Jenstad

King Lear

By William Shakespeare

Edited by Michael Best

Quick start: King Lear (Modern, Extended Folio)


Texts of this edition

King Lear was published in two significantly different versions in 1608 (Quarto 1) and in the Folio (1623). This edition provides modernized texts for each version, with the addition of "extended" texts that include the passages unique to the alternative text. For more information on the relationship between the two versions, see the Textual Introduction.

King Lear (Folio, 1623)

King Lear (Quarto 1, 1608)

King Lear (Quarto 2, 1619)

  • The Arcadia

    Sir Philip Sidney. Edited by Michael Best and Sarah Milligan

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