Kinglear Essay

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George Washington University Charity in King Lear Author(s): Sears Jayne Source: Shakespeare Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Spring, 1964), pp. 277-288 Published by: Folger Shakespeare Library in association with George Washington University Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2867900 . Accessed: 10/06/2013 09:15 Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp . JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. . Folger Shakespeare Library and George Washington University are collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to Shakespeare Quarterly. http://www.jstor.org This content downloaded from 121.52.159.181 on Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:15:25 AM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions in Charity King Lear SEARS JAYNE N Christopher Morley'snovel,The Haunted Bookshop,lthe of that he has never read proprietor the shop, confessing King Lear,givesas his reason, I wereeververy I would "If ill, 'You can'tdie yet, read onlyneedto sayto myself, youhaven't Lear."' The judgmentimpliedin this remarkis, of course, thatof a man who has read the play,and- perfectly is sound in its suggestion thatKing Lear belongsamong the extremities human exof It perience. is a play of the most shattering impact.Violentin language and even moreviolentin action,it staggers the sensibilities with a relentless torrentof quarrels, curses, stabbings, a blinding. is as thoughShapespeare and It had herdedhis characters a specialcorrall2and set out to flaythemalive.

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