This newly revised edition of Shakespeare's King Lear features and extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, wold, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Classic Shakespeare series. A special introduction to the play by the editor, Russell Fraser. Sources from which Shakespeare derived King Lear. Dramatic criticism from the past and present. A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors and production of King Lear, then and now. Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type. An up-to-date list of recommended readings.