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Antony and Cleopatra

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ISBN-10: 0393930777

ISBN-13: 9780393930771

Edition: 2011

Authors: William Shakespeare, Ania Loomba

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This Norton Critical Edition of Antony and Cleopatra is based on the First Folio (1623), the only authoritative text of the play. The edition includes a preface, detailed explanatory annotations, two maps, and visuals ranging from a silver tetradrachm (34 B.C.E.) to an Egyptian Queen Barbie. "Sources, Analogues, and Contexts," a rich selection of historical and literary writing, gives readers an understanding of Antony and Cleopatra rs"s origins, from the earlier texts that inspired Shakespeare, especially those by Herodotus, Plutarch, and Virgil, to later works by Chaucer, Mary Sidney (Countess of Pembroke), and Samuel Daniel. The volume also includes a wide array of the early modern English views of Egyptians, gypsies, and women that informed Shakespearers"s worldview and his writing. "Criticism" includes fourteen essays representing four centuries of interpretation, from the early observations of Samuel Johnson to the Romantic readings of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Hazlitt, from the razor-sharp analyses of Anna Brownell Jameson to recent essays by Jonathan Gil Harris, Patricia Parker, Anston Bosman, Barbara Hodgdon, and Ania Loomba, among others. "Adaptations, Rewritings, and Appropriations" reprints alternative versions of Antony and Cleopatrars"s story, including one by John Dryden, a burlesque version by F. C. Burnand, a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson, and an Arabic version by Ahmad Shawqi. A Selected Bibliography is also included.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
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 Maps and Illustrations
Calendar of Historical Events Important to the Play
The Text of Antony and Cleopatra
Note On The Text
Sources, Analogues, and Contexts
Description of Egypt
Life of Antony
[Cleopatra and Dido]
The Legend of Good Women
The Tragedy of Antony
The Tragedy of Cleopatra
Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum
Early Modern Views Of Egyptians
From First Book of the Introduction of Knowledge
From A Brief Description of the Whole World
From The Geographical History of Africa
From Relation of a Journey Begun An. Dom. 1610
Early Modern Views Of Gypsies
An Act against Certain Persons Calling Themselves Egyptians
From The Interpreter
From The Art of Jugling or Legerdemaine
Early Modern Writings On Women
From The First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women
From The Anatomie of Abuses
From Hic mulier: or, The man-woman
[The Busy Play]
[A Fiery Force]
[The Noble Play]
[The Real Cleopatra]
[The Dark Woman]
[Gipsy Queen]
[The Play Itself]
Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra
Tradition as Source in Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra (c. 1607): Virtus under Erasure
"Narcissus in thy face": Roman Desire and the Difference It Fakes in Antony and Cleopatra
[The "Other" Woman: Beauty, Women Writers, and Cleopatra]
Squeaking Cleopatras: Gender and Performance in Antony and Cleopatra
Shadowing Cleopatra
The Imperial Romance of Antony and Cleopatra
"Best Play with Mardian": Eunuch and Blackamoor as Imperial Culturegram
Barbers, Infidels, and Renegades: Antony and Cleopatra
Adaptations, Rewritings, and Appropriations
All for Love; or, The World Well Lost (1677)
Antony and Cleopatra (1858)
Cleopatra (1866)
Antony & Cleopatra; or, His-tory and Her-story in a Modern Nilo-metre (1866)
Caesar and Cleopatra (1901)
Antony and Cleopatra (1911)
After Reading "Antony and Cleopatra" (1918)
The Death of Cleopatra (1927)
Cleopatra to the Asp (1970)
Cleopatra Topless (1973)
Portrait of a Nude Woman as Cleopatra (1987)
Antony and Cleopatra (2007)
Laxmi as Cleopatra (2010)
Selected Bibliography