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The Division of the Kingdoms : Shakespeare's Two Versions of `King Lear' - Gary Taylor

The Division of the Kingdoms

Shakespeare's Two Versions of `King Lear'

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Published: 26th June 1986
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King Lear, widely regarded as Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, survives in two substantially different early texts, the Quarto of 1608 and the First Folio of 1623. Since the 18th century, however, editors have fused these two documents to produce a third, composite text that forms the basis of all modern productions and critical interpretations. Recently scholars have begun to challenge this editorial tradition, arguing that the Quarto and Folio texts represent distinct and coherent versions of the play that should not be combined. These essays, by an international team of scholars, re-examine the early texts from a series of distinct but interlocking perspectives, in a wide-ranging discussion with profound implications for all readers of Shakespeare.

"An important turning point for Shakespeare's editors and critics....We owe an immense debt to Taylor and Warren."--The New York Review of Books."Absolutely essential for understanding the connections between textual criticism and theoretic analysis."--Peter C. Herman, College of William & Mary "An important turning point for Shakespeare's editors and critics....We owe an immense debt to Taylor and Warren."--The New York Review of Books. "Absolutely essential for understanding the connections between textual criticism and theoretic analysis."--Peter C. Herman, College of William & Mary "An important turning point for Shakespeare's editors and critics....We owe an immense debt to Taylor and Warren."--The New York Review of Books. "Absolutely essential for understanding the connections between textual criticism and theoretic analysis."--Peter C. Herman, College of William & Mary "An important turning point for Shakespeare's editors and critics....We owe an immense debt to Taylor and Warren."--The New York Review of Books."Absolutely essential for understanding the connections between textual criticism and theoretic analysis."--Peter C. Herman, College of William & Mary

Introduction: The Once and Future King Learp. 1
The Base Shall to th' Legitimate: The Growth of an Editorial Traditionp. 23
The Folio Omission of the Mock Trial: Motives and Consequencesp. 45
The Diminution of Kentp. 59
Monopolies, Show Trials, Disaster, and Invasion: King Lear and Censorshipp. 75
'Is this the promis'd end?': Revision in the Role of the Kingp. 121
Cor's Rescue of Kentp. 143
Gon. No more, the text is foolishp. 153
Revision, Adaptation, and the Fool in King Learp. 195
Folio Editors, Folio Compositors, and the Folio Text of King Learp. 247
Fluctuating Variation: Author, Annotator, or Actor?p. 313
King Lear: The Date and Authorship of the Folio Versionp. 351
Select Bibliographyp. 469
Index of Passages Discussed: In Recent Two-Text Studiesp. 471
Index of Passages Discussed: In The Division of the Kingdomsp. 478
Addendap. 483
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ISBN: 9780198129509
ISBN-10: 0198129505
Series: Oxford Shakespeare Studies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 26th June 1986
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.9  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.7