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Title: META-DRAMA IN KING LEAR

Author: Peter Milward

Category: Arts and Literature (Novels, Essays, Critiques)
Number of pages: 108
Size: A5

Language: English

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Book Summary

Without doubt King Lear is the great masterpiece not just of Shakespearian drama or of Elizabethan drama in general, but of world drama. To it the dramatist has succeeded in imparting at once the happiest of happy endings in Act IV and the saddest of sad endings in Act V, as it were inverting (from a deeply Christian viewpoint) the Passion and the Resurrection of Christ, with its climax in the statuary of the Pieta when the sorrowing father holds the dead body of his innocent daughter, to the accompaniment of Albany's exclamation, "O see, see!"

Author Profile

Peter Milward was born in London on October 12, 1925, and educated at Wimbledon College (a Jesuit high school). He entered the Society of Jesus in 1943, and after various studies he went on to specialize in the Classics and English at Oxford University. He came to Japan in 1954 and after further studies was ordained priest in 1960. From 1962 onwards he has taught English literature at Sophia University in Tokyo. In addition to founding the Renaissance Institute, the Hopkins Society of Japan and the Chesterton Society of Japan, he has published some 400 books, mostly as textbooks for Japanese students, many of them translated into Japanese, but now most of them out of print. Several of his books, especially those on the drama of Shakespeare and the poetry of Hopkins, have been published in England and America. Even in retirement he is still teaching and writing, as he enters his 88th year (or beiju).

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