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Tonight's Play -- King Lear (1605-06)

Instead of sticking to a loose chronological approach that sets apart the whole War of the Roses series of plays for later, i am diving into one of the great plays, the consensus seems to say that Lear is a strong contender for the Bard's best. I have need to be much more familiarized with it. I like the fine film adaptation by Akira Kurasawa's RAN. There's a few recordings i have in my Audible library, as with all my initial follow throughs i will be using the Arkangel, which are always so engaging. Plus YouTube is riddled with Shakespearean content just waiting for me to be whisked away with.

Helps:

The RSC complete works has good Intros to everything
Marjorie Garber's Shakespeare After All is a collection of essays on each play
A.C. Bradley's Shakespearean Tragedy covers all the great tragedies and is an influential work itself

Running time: just over 3 hours -- with cigarette breaks and so forth 4 and a half hours

After play party of one: -- reading some of the helps on this work

Sadly the Arden edition of Lear seems to not be around for kindle all there is is a performance edition, i don't think that would suit my needs.

And in about 10.5 hours from now i will return to church after a long hiatus, i hope they don't make too much of it, or i shan't ever be back.
bookerdana · M
I have a copy The Yale Complete Shakespeare ($10.00 on sale) Sometimes it is better to let the words wash over you before going into analysis...Art should bring out nascent emotion without subtitles
@bookerdana That's a good point, for with too much help earlier on, any unique perspective you would have is gone, and endued to whichever perspectives you first encounter. ty

 
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