For this updated critical edition of King Lear, Professor Halio has
added a new introductory section on recent stage, film, and
critical interpretations of the play. He gives a comprehensive
account of Shakespeare's sources and the literary, political and
folkloric influences at work in the play; a detailed reading of the
action; and a substantial stage history of major productions.
Professor Halio chooses the Folio as the text for this edition. He
explains the differences between the quarto and Folio versions and
alerts the reader to the rival claims of the quarto by means of a
sampling of parallel passages in the Introduction and by an
appendix which contains annotated passages unique to the quarto. An
updated reading list completes the edition.