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Poor Tom: Living "King Lear"

Simon Palfrey


Poor Tom offers a new model of Shakespearean life, and a new reading of King Lear. It is arranged in two interweaving modes: first, moment by moment analyses of the Edgar-part’s scenes; second, meditations upon possibilities—philosophical, theological, political—generated by the action. Edgar-Tom is a figure without conventional limits, the personification of Shakespeare’s restless, species-traversing craft: at once the distillation and explosion of Shakespearean forms. Poor Tom epitomizes this, as a non-being that possesses the most alarming reality, and in doing so pushes the possibilities o ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, King Lear, Edgar, Poor Tom, theater, actor’s part, futurity, history, theology, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226150642
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226150789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Palfrey, author