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King Lear and the Gods

William R. Elton

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ISBN 10: 0813160057 / ISBN 13: 9780813160054
Published by University Press of Kentucky, 2014
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: King Lear and the Gods

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: Reprint.

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Many critics hold that Shakespeare's King Lear is primarily a drama of meaningful suffering and redemption within a just universe ruled by providential higher powers. William Elton's King Lear and the Gods challenges the validity of this widespread optimistic view. Testing the prevailing view against the play's acknowledged sources, and analyzing the functions of the double plot, the characters, and the play's implicit ironies, Elton concludes that this standard interpretation constitutes a serious misreading of the tragedy.

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William R. Elton is professor of English at the Graduate School, City University of New York. He has published widely in English Renaissance drama and intellectual history.

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