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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.

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.

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

The University Press of Kentucky

Place of Publication

Lexington, KY

ISBN

9780813160054

eISBN

9780813161303

Keywords

Shakespeare, King Lear, Religion in literature

Disciplines

Literature in English, British Isles

King Lear and the Gods
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