The History of King Lear is an adaptation made by Nahum Tate of Shakespeare'sKing Lear. It appeared in 1681, some seventy-five years after Shakespeare's version. It provides a happy ending, with Lear regaining his throne at the end, adds a romance between Edgar and Cordelia (who never address each other in Shakespeare's play), and ends with a happy Edgar declaring that "truth and virtue shall at last succeed." Although many critics condemned Tate's adaptation for its cheap sentimentality, it was approved by Samuel Johnson and was popular with theatregoers. From the first appearance of Tate's adaptation, Shakespeare's version was not seen again in full on stage for over a hundred and fifty years, being replaced in whole or in part by Tate's tragicomedy.— Excerpted fromThe History of King Learon Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.