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King Lear

5 Ratings: 2.6
A tragic play by William Shakespeare

   Tragedy in five acts by William Shakespeare, performed in 1605-06 and published in a quarto edition in 1608. One of Shakespeare's finest tragedies, the work displays a pessimism and nihilism that make it a 20th-century favorite. The … see full wiki

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Author: William Shakespeare
2 reviews about King Lear
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
I found this to be a dull and slow-moving play. It had some moments of interest, but I didn't care for it at all.
review by . December 01, 2008
"King Lear" is where Shakespeare takes off the gloves. He brings us right to the edge of the abyss, then kicks us over that edge. This is the most devastating by far of the Shakespeare tragedies -- a play which leaves the reader shattered as the curtain falls.    I find it hard to explain where the visceral power of this play comes from. The plot is fairly typically Shakespeare, perhaps a little more complicated than usual, mixing elements taken from legend and from the historical …
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