Five Fascinating Facts about King Lear

Studied King Lear in college, so, of course, the book nerd in me found all of this interesting.

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Fun facts about one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies

1. The original story on which Shakespeare based King Lear had a happy ending. It is often said that Shakespeare wrote the tragedy of King Lear and then Nahum Tate, a hundred years later, rewrote the ending as a happy one. This much is true, but what is little known is the fact that the story of King Lear was originally a happy one, when it first appeared in the chronicles of Geoffrey of Monmouth in the twelfth century. The anonymous play, King Leir, on which Shakespeare based his tragedy also ends on a somewhat more upbeat note.

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