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Booth, Stephen. “King Lear,” “Macbeth,” Indefinition, and Tragedy. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1983. In part 1, “On the Greatness of King Lear,” much of the discussion focuses on the repeated false endings of the play. Booth also has an important appendix on the doubling of roles in Shakespeare’s plays, especially in King Lear.

Halio, Jay L. Critical Essays on “King Lear.” New York: Twayne, 1995. Contains a selection of the best essays on King Lear, including several on the “two-text hypothesis,” the play in performance, and interpretation. The introduction surveys recent trends in criticism.

Leggatt, Alexander. King Lear. Harvester New Critical Introductions. Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England: Harvester-Wheatsheaf, 1988. Includes a brief discussion of the stage history and critical reception, as well as a thorough discussion of the play’s dramatic idiom and characters.

Mack, Maynard. “King Lear” in Our Time. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1965. Surveys the play’s historical background, sources, and aspects of its staging. Also provides many perceptive critical comments on the action and its significance.

Rosenberg, Marvin. The Masks of King Lear. 1972. Reprint. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1993. Rosenberg examines the significance of each scene and the “polyphony” of the characters, with extensive reference to the history of King Lear on the stage as of the earliest recorded performances. Also discusses the so-called Lear myth.

Bibliography and Further Reading

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Adelman, Janet. ed. Twentieth Century Interpretations of King Lear. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1978.

Booth, Stephen. King Lear, Macbeth, Indefinition, and Tragedy. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983.

Bradley, A. C. Shakespearean Tragedy, New York: St. Martin’s Press, Inc., 1992.

Bradley, Andrew Cecil. Shakespearean Tragedy.. Cleveland, OH: World Publishing, 1903/1964.

Danby, John F. Shakespeare’s Doctrine of Nature. London: Faber and Faber Ltd., 1951.

Ericson, Peter. Patriarchal Structure in Shakespeare's Drama. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1985.

Fraser, Russell A. Shakespeare's Poetics in Relation to King Lear. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1962.

Gupta, S.C. Sen. Aspects of Shakespearian Tragedy. Calcutta: Oxford University Press, 1972.

Holy Bible, King James Version. New York: Collins’ Clear-type Press, 1956.

James, Max H. "Our House Is Hell": Shakespeare's Troubled Families. New York, NY: Greenwood Press, 1989.

Kermode, Frank. "King Lear," The Riverside Shakespeare. Ed. G. Blakemore Evans. Boston, MA: Houghton-Mifflin, 1974, pp.1249-1254.

Kermode, Frank, ed. Shakespeare: King Lear. London: The Macmillan Press Ltd., 1992. An invaluable source for seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth century commentary and criticism on King Lear, and for twentieth-century studies.

Kernan, Alvin B., ed. Modern Shakespearean Criticism. New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc., 1970.

Knights, L. C. Some Shakespearean Themes. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1960.

Lovejoy, Arthur O. The Great Chain of Being. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1950.

Martin, William F. The Indissoluble Knot: King Lear as Ironic Drama. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1987.

McAlindon, T. Shakespeare's Tragic Cosmos. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Muir, Kenneth and Wells, Stanley. Aspects of King Lear. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1982.

Ribner, Irving. Patterns in Shakespearian Tragedy. London: Methuen, 1960.

Schwartz, Elias. The Mortal Worm: Shakespeare's Master Theme. Port Washington NY: Kennikat Press, 1977.

Shakespeare, William. The Riverside Shakespeare, ed. G. Blakemore Evans. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1974.

Sundelson, David. Shakespeare's Restoration of the Father. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1983.

Whitaker, Virgil. The Mirror Up to Nature: The Technique of Shakespeare's Tragedies. San Marino CA: Huntington Library, 1965.

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