The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0762 Tuesday, 13 November 2007
From: Hannibal Hamlin <
Date: Friday, 09 Nov 2007 09:41:26 -0500
Subject: Lear and Job
Here is a question that seems ideal for the list:
What is the earliest printed reference to a relationship between King
Lear and the Book of Job (even broadly speaking -- i.e., X is like or
reminds one of Y)?
This has become fairly commonplace (see, for instance, Steven Marx or
Kenneth Gross or various editions), and it goes back at least to
Holloway's Story of the Night (1961) and Wilson Knight's Wheel of Fire
(1949). Is it a 20th century, even post-WWII idea, though, or does it
go back further?
I'm hunting myself (not entirely lazy!), but I thought I'd see if this
rang any bells with list-readers.
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