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Re: Contemporary Lear
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0772.  Monday, 3 October 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Michael Friedman 
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        Date:   Sunday, 02 Oct 1994 21:33:12 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0763  Qs: Contemporary Lear
 
(2)     From:   Daniel Mufson <
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        Date:   Sunday, 2 Oct 1994 10:00:39 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0763 Qs: Contemporary Lear
 
(3)     From:   David Middleton <
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        Date:   Monday, 03 Oct 94 08:45:39 CDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0763  Qs: Contemporary Lear
 
(4)     From:   Arthur Pearson <
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        Date:   Monday, 3 Oct 1994 11:59:22 -0600
        Subj:   Modern King Lear
 
 
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From:           Michael Friedman 
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Date:           Sunday, 02 Oct 1994 21:33:12 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0763  Qs: Contemporary Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0763  Qs: Contemporary Lear
 
Annalisa,
 
I believe the book you are thinking of is *A Thousand Acres* by Jane Smiley.
 
                                                Michael Friedman
                                                
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Date:           Sunday, 2 Oct 1994 10:00:39 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 5.0763 Qs: Contemporary Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0763 Qs: Contemporary Lear
 
Annalisa:
 
Jane Smiley's *A Thousand Acres* is the novel you are thinking of, and yes, it
did take place on a farm in the midwest. It's a fast and excellent read--it's
easy to poke fun at the translation of the Lear myth into modern notions
(somewhat stereotyped to the point of cliche) of dysfunction in contemporary
American families, but Smiley's prose keeps the story and characters from
becoming glib syntheses of King Lear and the Geraldo show. Definitely check it
out.
 
Sincerely,
Dan Mufson
Yale School of Drama
 
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From:           David Middleton <
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Date:           Monday, 03 Oct 94 08:45:39 CDT
Subject: 5.0763  Qs: Contemporary Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0763  Qs: Contemporary Lear
 
Reply Kate Egerton re: contemporary Lear--the novel is "The Thousand Acres" by
Jane Smiley.  By the way, she's an excellent presenter of her own fiction. We
had her visit our campus last year and she interacted very well with students.
 
D Middleton, Trinity University.
 
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From:           Arthur Pearson <
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Date:           Monday, 3 Oct 1994 11:59:22 -0600
Subject:        Modern King Lear
 
In response to the request for the Modern day King Lear:  A Thousand Acres
by Jane Smiley.  Pulitzer prize winner.  Wonderful novel.  Enjoy.
 
Arthur Pearson
Great Lakes Protection Fund

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