HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. ‘Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!’ Epic and tragic in its scope, King Lear explores a king’s demise into madness and insanity when he is betrayed by two of his manipulative and scheming daughters. It is Cordelia, the third and only daughter who refuses to flatter her father to deceive, who is banished from the kingdom, leading to dramatic and tumultuous events.