The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2037 Tuesday, 7 November 2000.
Date: Monday, 6 Nov 2000 05:39:18 EST
Subject: 11.2020 Re: Lear Editions
Comment: Re: SHK 11.2020 Re: Lear Editions
A note on the Weiss text of Lear...like the Oxford "History" and
"Tragedy" of King Lear the Weiss parallel edition is highly edited thus
making comparison between Q and F (if that is your aim) rather
difficult. As always I recommend reading a facsimile Folio alongside a
facsimile Quarto (and remembering that even facsimiles are often
misleading (several Malone reprints leave out top / bottom lines not
I would also recommend reading the "original" King Lear (and Tolstoy's
preferred choice) "King Leir" for an introduction to the Shakespeare
variants...reading this first will preserve one's belief in the idea of
coherent plotting and answer those undergrad questions concerning Lear's
inexplicable division of his kingdom and Cordelia's inexplicable refusal
to play ball...