Julius Caesar, A Longman Cultural Edition

ISBN-10: 0321209435

ISBN-13: 9780321209436

Edition: 2010

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List price: $16.60
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/11/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

List of illustrations
About Longman Cultural Editions
About this Volume
Introduction
Table of Dates
Text: Julius Caesar
Contexts
Sources
Thomas North, from Plutarch's Lives of the Greeks and Romans (1579)
The Supernatural: Divine Signs, Ghosts, and Prophetic Dreams
Signs from heaven: divining the future in Caesar's Rome and Shakespeare's England
Thomas North, fromPlutarch's The Life of Julius Caesar
Ludwig Lavater,from Of Ghostes and Spirites, Walking by Night (1572)
Abraham Fleming, from A straunge and terrible wunder wrought very late in the parish church of Bongay (1577) from theGeneva Bible (1560)
Martin Luther from A very comfortable and necessary sermon...concerning the comming of our Savior Christ to Judgment and the signs that go before the Last Day (1570)
William Fulke,from Antiprognosticon (1560)
Ghosts
Thomas North, from Plutarch's Life of Marcus Brutus
Ludwig Lavater,from Of Ghostes and Spirites, Walking by Night (1572)
Dreams
Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro), from the Aeneid
Thomas Hill, from The Moste pleasaunte Arte of the Interpretacioun of Dreams (1567)
Republicanism, Popular Politics, and the Rhetoric of Liberty In 1599
Freedom and English IdentityWilliam Harrison, from The Description of England (1587)
James Morice, from a speech in the House of Commons, February 27, 1593
Parliament and Liberty
John Hooker (alias Vowell), from The order and usage of the Keeping of a Parliament in England (1571)
Sir Thomas Smith, from De Republicum Anglorum (1583)
Republican Rome and the Elizabethan Political Imagination
John Hooker (alias Vowell), from The order and usage of the Keeping of a Parliament in England (1571)
Roman Tyranny in Elizabethan Context
Sir William Fitzwilliam, from his parliamentary diary (1584-85)
Richard Martin, from a speech in the House of Commons, November 20, 1601
Sir Thomas Hetley (Hedley), from a speech in the House of Commons, June 8, 1610
Performance History
Shakespeare in Hollywood, Part I: The Hollywood Carnival Association Production of 1916
Advertisements, Articles, and Reviews from The Los Angeles Times
Julius Caesar and the Political Crisis of the Twentieth Century: Orson Welles' Mercury Theater Production of 1937
Articles and Reviews from The Washington Post and the Chicago Daily Tribune
Shakespeare in Hollywood, Part II: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Julius Caesar (1953)
Articles and Reviews from the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Daily Tribune
Reception
Thomas Rymer, from A Short View of Tragedy (1693)
Joseph Addison, from the Tatler (1709)
Nicholas Rowe, from Some Account of the Life, etc, of Mr. William Shakespeare (1709)
Lewis Theobald, from The Censor (1717)
Voltaire, from Discours sur la trag�die, � milord Bolingbroke (1731)
Elizabeth Montagu, from An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespeare (1769)
Edward Capell, from Notes and Various Readings to Shakespeare (1779)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, from Lectures and notes on Shakespeare and other English poets (1811)
William Hazlitt,from Characters of Shakespear's Plays (1817)
George Bernard Shaw, from a review in The Saturday Review, January 29, 1898
August Strindberg, from Open Letters to the Intimate Theater (1909)
Yves Bonnefoy, from Shakespeare and the French Poet (2004)
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