Michael Billington, theater critic for The Guardian, is writing a book entitled The 101 Greatest Plays….and he comes right out and tells people, King Lear is not on the list. I encourage you to check out the article, as it does go into detail about a number of other non-Shakespeare works that he did choose to include.
But, of course, we need to know his argument against Lear, so we can discuss it. Here you go:
I could offer a robust defence of my omission: the play touches great heights but is structurally unwieldy, shows a punishment disproportionate to the original sin and contains in Edgar one of Shakespeare’s most unfathomable characters.
What say ye, oh Shakespeare Geek readers?