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A complex relationship with 'King Lear'

October 24, 2007 With this piece, we introduce a series of occasional articles in which contemporary writers look back at classic works of literature. Here, Jack Lynch, the author of "Becoming Shakespeare: The Unlikely Afterlife That Turned a Provincial Playwright Into the Bard" revisits "King Lear," which continues its run this week at UCLA with Ian McKellen in the title role. It's not an easy play to like. The novelist William Makepeace Thackeray found "King Lear" a "bore" when he saw it in 1847. "It is almost blasphemy to say a play of Shakespeare is bad," he admitted, but "I can't help it if I think so." Since...

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