Internet Shakespeare Editions


King Lear

"He was the man who of all modern, and perhaps ancient poets, had the largest and most comprehensive soul" (Dryden, Essay on Dramatic Poesy). Shakespeare's comprehensive soul in King Lear is shown by the way each section of this program can assist in understanding the play.

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  1. Summary: facts about King Lear

    First published:
    Folio text (1623) differs in major ways from the quarto. May be a revision.
    First mention: Performed at Court, 1606.

    Sources:Raphael Holinshed'sChronicles of England Scotland, and Ireland (1587); Sir Philip Sidney'sArcadia (1590).