King Lear by William ShakespeareRead about the memoir on Orr's list.
When King Lear decides to divide his realm between his three daughters, his youngest refuses to participate and is promptly banished from the kingdom, leaving the King dependent on her scheming sisters. "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is/ To have a thankless child," observes Lear. The tragedy raises questions about the notion of unconditional love and sacrifice.
King Lear is among the top twenty works of literature according to the contributors to The Top Ten: Writers Pick their Favourite Books.