A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

LEAR

Mon, 11 Oct '21
Titular Shakespearean king
Sun, 30 May '21
King of Shakespeare
Wed, 14 Apr '21
King quoted as saying "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is / To have a thankless child!"
Thu, 28 Jan '21
Shakespeare character who says "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is / To have a thankless child!"