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King Lear

King Lear Overview

  • Category: Tragedy
  • Period written: 1605
  • First known performance: December 26, 1606
  • Number of lines: 3499
  • Number of scenes: 26
  • Total Characters: 29
  • Prose/Verse: 25%/75%
  • Folios: Folio 1 (1623), Folio 2 (1632), Folio 3 (1663-4), Folio 4 (1685)
  • Quartos: Quarto 1 (1608), Quarto 2 (1619), Quarto 3 (1655)
  • Possible Sources: Historia Anglicana (Geoffrey of Monmouth, 1292), The Mirror for Magistrates (John Higgins, 1574), An Historical Description of the Iland of Britaine (William Harrison, 1577), The Second Booke of the Historie of England (Raphael Holinshed, 1587), Albion’s England (William Warner, 1589), The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia (Sir Philip Sidney, 1590), The Faerie Queene (Edmund Spenser, 1596), A Declaration of egregious Popish Impostures (Samuel Harsnett, 1603), The True Chronicle Historie of King Leir (Anonymous, 1605), Remaines Concerning Britaine (William Camden, 1606)

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