In this striking tragedy of political conflict, Shakespeare turns to the ancient Roman world and to the famous assassination of Julius Caesar by his republican opponents. The play is one of tumultuous rivalry, of prophetic warnings--"Beware the ides of March"--and of moving public oratory "Friends, Romans, countrymen!" Ironies abound and most of all for Brutus, whose fate it is to learn that his idealistic motives for joining the conspiracy against a would-be dictator are not enough to sustain the movement once Caesar is dead.
Shakespeare's timeless tragedy of conspiracy and betrayal tells the story of the murder of Julius Caesar and the gruesome aftermath as Rome descends into a violent mob.
This edition includes:
An overview of Shakespeare's life, canon, and dramaturgy
An introduction to the play by Barbara Rosen and William Rosen of the University of Connecticut
Selections from Plutarch's Lives of Noble Grecians and Romans, the source from which Shakespeare derived the play
Also included are the following commentaries:
Maynard Mack: The Modernity of Julius Caesar
Coppelia Kahn: A Voluntary Wound
Roy Walker: From Unto Caesar: A Review of Recent Productions
Richard David: A Review of Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare, 1972)
Ralph Berry: On Directing Shakespeare: An Interview with Trevor Nunn, Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company
Peggy Goodman Endel: Julio Cesar: The 1986 Florida Shakespeare Festival
Sylvan Barnet: Julius Caesar on the Stage and Screen
William Shakespeare (15641616) was a poet, playwright, and actor who is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers in the history of the English language. Often referred to as the Bard of Avon, Shakespeare's vast body of work includes comedic, tragic, and historical plays; poems; and 154 sonnets. His dramatic works have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Praise for William Shakespeare: Complete Works
"Remarkable . . . makes Shakespeares extraordinary accomplishment more vivid than ever."James Shapiro, professor, Columbia University, bestselling author of A Year in the Life of Shakespeare: 1599
"A feast of literary and historical information."The Wall Street Journal
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