The Tragedy of King Lear

I began reading King Lear again after the 2016 presidential election. If Hillary Clinton had been elected maybe I would have gravitated to Macbeth. As I read and reread the play I tried to focus only on the themes of the tragedy. There are many differences between this play and current events but there are also some similarities. The vanity and folly of an aging man is a family tragedy. When that man is also the leader of a nation it becomes a tragedy for the whole country. Many thanks to Laura Martin for introducing me to Man Ray’s painting Hamlet at the Cleveland Museum of Art. This in turn led me to the book Man Ray Human Equations {a journey from mathematics to Shakespeare},  published by Hatje Cantz Verlag, Germany 2015. Printed letterpress on Text Wove paper using hand set type, polymer plates from Boxcar Press, pressure printing, collage, and paper engineering. Bound with covers of Grey Rives BFK Heavyweight using a packed single needle link stitch and linen thread. Encased in a cloth covered clam shell box. Begun in 2016 and fully completed in early 2019. Edition of 25 copies and a few artist’s proofs.

The book will soon be seen in the collections of the University of Iowa, Pennsylvania University, Columbia University, Washington University, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, University of Missouri, Indiana University, and the Library of Congress.