The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare’s time, an introduction to the individual play, and a detailed note on the text used. Updated by general editors Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, these easy-to-read editions incorporate over thirty years of Shakespeare scholarship undertaken since the original series, edited by Alfred Harbage, appeared between 1956 and 1967. With definitive texts and illuminating essays, the Pelican Shakespeare will remain a valued resource for students, teachers, and theater professionals for many years to come.
Typical of Shakespearean tragedy, this play is full of disappointment, injustice, and cruelty. Perhaps one of Shakespeare's darkest plays ever written, the plot involves a monarch who is betrayed by his daughters, robbed of his kingdom, and goes mad from the pressures and disappointments surrounding him. Although certainly devoid of much happiness, this book is nonetheless written with a certain magnificence. The Dover Thrift Edition includes a few definitions beneath the unabridged text and has 118 pgs, pb.