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Author Vickers, Brian, author

Title The one King Lear / Sir Brian Vickers
Published Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 387 pages)
Contents King Lear at the printer's -- Adjusting text space to print space in the Shakespeare folio and quartos -- Nicholas Okes compresses the play -- Nicholas Okes shortens it -- One play, one manuscript, two printed books -- The Folio editors regularize Shakespeare -- The King's Men abridge a tragedy -- The "two versions" revisited -- Conclusion : towards a new consensus
Summary "For over two hundred years editors were united in their decision to bring together the King Lear texts of the Quarto (1608) and the First Folio (1623) to produce a single text that was the basis for all modern productions and interpretations. In the 1980s a group of influential scholars argued that the two texts represent distinct stages in the life of King Lear, as Shakespeare revised his play in the light of theatrical performance. In The One King Lear, Sir Brian Vickers challenges this widely accepted theory, arguing that the cuts in the Quarto text, which are too insignificant to have been made to shorten the play, were in fact carried out by the printer because he had underestimated the amount of paper he would need. As for the Folio, the cuts removed passages of a reflective or descriptive nature and were probably made by the theatre company to speed up the action. At stake in this textual argument is the way Shakespeare's play is read and performed"--Publisher's information
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
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Subject Okes, Nicholas
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Bibliography -- Quartos
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Bibliography -- Folios. 1623
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. King Lear -- Criticism, Textual
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. King Lear
Okes, Nicholas.
Shakespeare, William 1564-1616 King Lear
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. King Lear -- Criticism, Textual.
King Lear (Shakespeare, William)
Transmission of texts -- England -- History -- 17th century
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0674970314 (electronic bk.)
9780674970311 (electronic bk.)