King Lear (Signet Classic)
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.
Concise, useful editions of classic "pillars" of Literature. Include introductions and afterwords.
The Signet Classic editions of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets are edited by outstanding scholars. These 2nd revised editions include additional helps for the student: an extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world and theater; a special introduction to each play; selections of the sources from where Shakespeare derived each story; dramatic criticism; history of the play (including stage and screen); and text notes and commentaries as well as an up-to-date list of recommended readings. All cover art by Milton Glaser. Approx 200 pp, sc. ~ Ruth