Shakespeare's King Lear: "And thou no life at all"

In modern times King Lear has been widely regarded as Shakespeare's greatest play – certainly his most heart-breaking.


We will read and discuss the text of this masterpiece at our first three meetings. Then, using the Norton Critical Edition, we will study contexts, from Shakespeare's varied sources to modern critical essays.


Viewing YouTube performances, we will also discover the rich stage and film history of this unique tragedy.


Note: No class will be held on Patriots' Day, Monday, April 15. The seminar will resume on April 22 and continue through May 20.

Group Leader: TONY MERZLAK
Venue: King's Chapel Parish House
Meets on: Mondays 1 to 3 PM
Starting: 4/8/2024
Sessions: 6
Class Size: 16
Teaching Style: Lecture and discussion
Weekly Preparation: 2 - 3 hours
Group Leader Biography:

Tony Merzlak is Emeritus Professor of English at Suffolk University, where he taught courses in Shakespeare, Dante, and the Romantic poets. A Cambridge resident from grad school days, Tony now enjoys exurban life in Franklin with his partner Pat Geran.