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An Essay on King Lear - S. L. Goldberg

An Essay on King Lear

Paperback Published: 24th June 1974
ISBN: 9780521098311
Number Of Pages: 204

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Professor Goldberg offers a reading of King Lear that avoids the pitfall alternatives of idealism, moralism, absurdism, and redemptionist sentimentality. He sees the play as a challenge to our moral sense and our need for a feeling of natural justice, but as undercutting all easy answers. That it does not permit them is one of its main points. The essay traces a developing response to the whole of the action as it proceeds, making no premature judgments. It springs from a considered sense of what a poetic drama is and how it works: especially how it presents 'character' and how the views of the characters relate to the whole intention of the play and the author's own vision of life. Many readers are likely to think this the most satisfactory attempt they have yet read to do justice to this great play; because Professor Goldberg responds to it with intelligence and sensitivity, because he does not impose a ready-made meaning on it, and because he has thought about Shakespearean drama in a way which makes this brief book a distinct stage in the history of criticism sincce Bradley and Wilson Knight.

The opening terms
Sight, 'vision', and action
The minor characters
Lear and 'true need'
Answering and questioning
Speaking what we can
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ISBN: 9780521098311
ISBN-10: 0521098319
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 24th June 1974
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.57 x 12.8  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.25