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The Greatness of King Lear

  • Santa Fe Woman’s Club 1616 Old Pecos Trail Santa Fe, NM, 87505 United States (map)

There are Shakespearean tragedies, but none as tragic as King Lear; there is beautiful writing by the Bard, but none on a par with Lear. At a time when the ultimate monarch is in the news — Lear raging on the stormy moor, Trump raving in late-night tweets — what could be more timely than Jim Kaplan’s celebration of Shakespeare's greatest play during the ISC’s Year of Lear?

Jim Kaplan is a bridge columnist for the Vineyard Gazette and the author of Clearing the Bases: A Veteran Sportswriter on the National Pastime (Levellers Press). A contract adviser for the National Writers Union (United Auto Workers, Local 1981), Kaplan and his wife, poet and critic Brooks Robards, divide their time among Northampton and Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, and Santa Fe. Kaplan can be reached at

”Jim Kaplan has proven his virtuosity as a baseball writer again and again, but who knew he could hit to the opposite field? Jim illuminates King Lear with intelligence, wit, and an eye for the vital detail. This is scholarship with a colloquial lilt. It convinced me, against all prior conviction, that King Lear is indeed Shakespeare's greatest work.”
—John Hough, Jr., award-winning novelist

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