Publisher description for King Lear / William Shakespeare ; edited by David Bevington ; David Scott Kastan, James Hammersmith, and Robert Kean Turner, associate editors ; with a foreword by Joseph Papp.


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Counter A king foolishly divides his kingdom between his scheming two oldest daughters and estranges himself from the daughter who loves him.  So begins this profoundly moving and disturbing tragedy that, perhaps more than any other work in literature, challenges the notion of a coherent and just universe.  The king and others pay dearly for their shortcomings--as madness, murder, and the anguish of insight and forgiveness that arrive too late combine to make this an all-embracing tragedy of evil and suffering.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Lear, King (Legendary character) Drama, Inheritance and succession Drama, Fathers and daughters Drama, Kings and rulers Drama, Aging parents Drama, Britons Drama