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'King Lear' reimagined

‘King Lear’ reimagined — Christopher Moore’s ”Fool” is one of many in a long line of books inspired by Shakespeare’s play

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Turns out Christopher Moore is one in a long line of artists who have found inspiration in Shakespeare’s play. Here are just a few examples of Lear-influenced works that relocate the title character far from his eighth-century B.C. English setting.

Ran
The 1985 film from director Akira Kurosawa chronicles the undoing of a warlord in feudal Japan.

A Thousand Acres
Jane Smiley’s 1991 novel focuses on a farmer planning to gift his land to his three daughters.

King of Texas
Patrick Stewart starred in this 2002 TV movie, which imagined Lear in the Old West.