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Book Basics

Author: William Shakespeare

Years Written: 1605–06

Type: Play

Genre: Tragedy

About the Title:

Shakespeare took the title from an earlier anonymous play, The True Chronicle History of King Leir and His Three Daughters, Gonerill, Ragan and Cordelia, which was also a source of the story. The source play was performed as early as 1594.

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