American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The protagonist in Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear, based on a legendary king of Britain.
- Lear, Edward 1812-1888. British artist and writer of nonsense verse, included in such works as his first Book of Nonsense (1846).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To learn. See lere, to learn.
- n. obsolete Lore; lesson.
- adj. Prov. Eng. See leer, a.
- n. An annealing oven. See leer, n.
- n. British artist and writer of nonsense verse (1812-1888)
- n. the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who was betrayed and mistreated by two of his scheming daughters
“Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature by Linda Lear is a comprehensive biography of the brilliant creator of the Tale of Peter Rabbit and all the wonderful tales that followed.”
“We might treated to some off-camera drama as well -- Pacino's "Lear" is now the second in production, and will be a rival to Anthony Hopkins 'performance, who will play Lear for director Joshua Michael Stern, and be father to Keira Knightley, Naomi Watts, and Gwyneth Paltrow.”
“You don't have to be a rocket scientist or even Toyota to know that flying the CEOs in Lear jets to beg is a serious PR blunder -- kinda says "We are totally tone deaf to others" -- which, now that you think about it, is why they needed the bailouts so badly.”
“I was thinking about how wonderful that part of King Lear is when he talks about man as a bare forked animal because earlier he had said to his daughter “Speak not of need” and then asked her what she would be without her fine clothes, in effect her status.”
“At the start of the play Lear is firmly established as king of a united Britain.”
“Christopher Moore is the author of eleven novels, including the international bestsellers, Lamb, A Dirty Job, You Suck, and Fool, a retelling of King Lear from the perspective of Pocket, the Fool.”
“King Lear is a little more challenging, I think, with a main character who isn't very likable to begin with.”
“Its mode of communication, unlike Aribert Reimann's abrasive 1978 Lear, is strangely quiet.”
“You know the story -- "King Lear" is one of Shakespeare's darkest plays, where an aged king decides to divide his kingdom up among his three daughters, offering the largest share to the one who loves him best.”
“King Lear" is one of those starring roles that actors are supposed to dread -- at least according to my Shakespeare professor.”
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