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Re: Last Lines of Lear
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0952.  Tuesday, 17 December 1996.

(1)     From:   Steve Urkowitz <
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        Date:   Sunday, 15 Dec 96 09:36:15 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHAKSPER Digest - 12 Dec 1996 to 13 Dec 1996

(2)     From:   Porter Jamison <
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        Date:   Sunday, 15 Dec 1996 07:55:22 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0948  Re: Last Lines of Lear


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From:           Steve Urkowitz <
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Date:           Sunday, 15 Dec 96 09:36:15 EST
Subject:        Re: SHAKSPER Digest - 12 Dec 1996 to 13 Dec 1996

Last Lines in LEAR:

When weighing the alternative appeals of who gets  to say the last speech in
LEAR, it may help if you look at all the other speech-prefixes that bounce from
one character to another, particularly in the final scene.  As with the other
"multiple-text" plays, whoever was doing the multiplying performed patterned
and dramaatically potent series of changes. (Shakespeare's Revision of KL
[1980])

Any individual textual alternative may be talked about in isolation, of course,
but they take on greater "authority" (dare I say it?) when seen in their larger
contexts.

As ever,
      Steve UrQuartowitz, City College of New York

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Date:           Sunday, 15 Dec 1996 07:55:22 -0800
Subject: 7.0948  Re: Last Lines of Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0948  Re: Last Lines of Lear

I once read that Albany was assigned the lines by some editors because he was
the character onstage with the highest rank-- so many of Shakespeare's plays,
and all of the other tragedies (as per my memory anyway) follow this general
convention.
 

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