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Shakespeare Online

King Lear

The Play

To read the play online, click on one of the links below:

Alternately, you can go to Project Gutenberg and download one of three versions of the play, each one available as either a TXT or ZIP file.



  • King Lear Resources on the Web. This is a great site hosted by Rutgers University. It includes links for online texts, critiques, sources for the play, artwork, and films. Really top-notch.
  • Enjoying "King Lear" by William Shakespeare. This is Dr. Ed Friedlander's Lear page; he's got a lot of great historical information, plus summaries from the play.
  • King Lear. This is a great site by Jeremy Bandini, which includes the complete text of the play, plus a summary of the play, a "who's who" character guide, Lear images, a King Lear quiz, and, of course, King Lear links. Highly recommended.
  • King Lear's PalaceNET. Created as an extra-credit project by Cabrillo High School honors English student Kevin Richards, this site has his scene-by-scene study notes for the play (plus a really nice picture of Warwick Castle).
  • King Lear at Thistletown. Hosted by what I think is a Canadian high school, this site has the entire text of the play, plus a plot summary, character sketches, and biographical and historical information about Shakespeare and the Globe Theater. Unfortunately, it also has sound clips from the play; it can be quite annoying when you're switching from page to page, especially since some of the clips sound like they've been corrupted: it's like listening to a scratchy old 45 r.p.m. record. (Man, am I dating myself with that one, or what?)
  • King Lear Hypertext. Wow, this site, created and maintained by students and their professor at the University of Texas at Austin, has the complete text of the play, plus a ton of great contextual information. It's done in frames, which normally I don't particularly care for, but they've managed to do it in a way that isn't too bad.

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First Posted: 1999-08-04 | Last Revised: 1999-10-21