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A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

A Thousand Acres
by Jane Smiley
Anchor 2003
ISBN: 978-1400033836
371 p.p.

I came to Smiley through a love of Shakespeare—during a Global Shakespeare film class where we were watching Kozintev’s take on King Lear, we got into a discussion about Lear’s relationship with his daughters and conversation came to A Thousand Acres. 887 more words


Daughters of Iowa

The King Lear story rewritten – well, not exactly, but the echoes ae there – the three daughters, the maddened King sent out into a storm. 230 more words

A Thousand Acres: a feminist retelling

Shakespeare’s King Lear is endlessly retold and rewritten. Jane Smiley has done just that in A Thousand Acres (1991), which transposes the story from Ancient Britain onto an Iowan farm at the end of the 1970s. 871 more words