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The modern text of King Lear derives from three sources: two quartos, published in 1608 (Q 1 ) and 1619 (Q 2 )  respectively, and the version in the First Folio of 1623 (F 1 ). The differences between these versions are significant. Q 1 contains 285 lines not in F 1 ; F 1 contains around 100 lines not in Q 1 . Also, at least a thousand individual words are changed between the two texts, each text has a completely different style of punctuation, and about half the verse lines in the F 1 are either printed as prose or differently divided in the Q 1 . The early editors, beginning with Alexander Pope , simply conflated the two texts, creating the modern version that has remained nearly universal for centuries. The conflated version is born from the hypothesis that Shakespeare wrote only one original manuscript, now unfortunately lost, and that the Quarto and Folio versions are distortions of that original. Others, such as Nuttall and Bloom, have identified Shakespeare himself as having been involved in reworking passages in the play to accommodate performances and other textual requirements of the play. 
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