The First Quarto of King Lear
This edition of Shakespeare's King Lear is based on the first (1608) quarto and represents a significantly different version from that published in the folio of 1623, which forms the basis of the standard New Cambridge Shakespeare edition. Each has numerous unique passages and hundreds of variant readings, creating differences that affect the structure, characterization and overall impact of the play. This volume contains a substantial introduction, the text of the first quarto, a collation of variant readings and an appendix of passages unique to the Folio.
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The printing of the Pide Bull quarto Q
Q and its relation to the Pavier quarto Q2
Q and its relation to the Folio text
Note on the text
List of characters
Passages unique to the Folio
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