The aim of this work is to present the reader
with a text of King Lear which will be as near to what
Shakespeare wrote as I believe it is possible for us to
get. I do not propose to undertake exegesis, or to
deal with other literary matters, unless this is
necessitated by textual problems. My sole purpose is
to establish the text.
There are two substantive editions of the
play -- the first quarto edition, published in 1608,
and the first folio edition, published in 1623. In
this Introduction we shall consider the problem of the
nature of the copy for each of these editions and come
to a conclusion as to which of them has the greater
authority; we shall establish the copy-text for the
present edition, which is to be an "old-spelling"
edition, not a modernized one. having determined on
the copy-text, we shall consider what use, if any, is
to be made of the other substantive edition.
Submitted, along with a monograph entitled "The 'Bad' Quarto
of Hamlet" and a paper entitled
"The Taming of a Shrew and The
Taming of the Shrew".