Skip Navigation
NPR News
thumbnail ()

'Fool' A Funny, Ribald Retelling Of 'King Lear'

Mar 12, 2009 (Talk of the Nation)

See this

Author Christopher Moore

Hear this

This text will be replaced
Launch in player

Share this

Author Christopher Moore read — and reread — William Shakespeare's tragedy, King Lear. Following that, he read as many versions of the play as possible.

Moore then decided Lear's canny fool needed a more prominent role in the tale. His book, Fool, is that story. Moore names him Pocket, and Pocket is joined by his less-than-masterful apprentice, Drool.

Told through Pocket's eyes, King Lear becomes a comedy jam-packed with bawdy humor, creative expletives, and even more intrigue than the original.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit

Read full story transcript

Missing some content? Check the source: NPR
Copyright(c) 2014, NPR

Visitor comments


NCPR is supported by:

This is a Visitor-Supported website.