The One King Lear
Sir Brian Vickers Harvard University Press, 2016 Library of Congress PR2819.V53 2016 | Dewey Decimal 822.33
In the 1980s influential scholars argued that Shakespeare revised King Lear in light of theatrical performance, resulting in two texts by the bard’s own hand. The two-text theory hardened into orthodoxy. Here Sir Brian Vickers makes the case that Shakespeare did not cut his original text. At stake is the way his greatest play is read and performed.