ISBN-10:
1853260754
ISBN-13:
9781853260759
Pub. Date:
01/28/1993
Publisher:
Wordsworth Editions, Limited
Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra

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Overview

Antony and Cleopatra is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. It was first printed in the First Folio of 1623.The plot is based on Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's Life of Markus Antonius and follows the relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony from the time of the Parthian War to Cleopatra's suicide. The major antagonist is Octavius Caesar, one of Antony's fellow triumvirs and the future first emperor of Rome. The tragedy is a Roman play characterized by swift, panoramic shifts in geographical locations and in registers, alternating between sensual, imaginative Alexandria and the more pragmatic, austere Rome. Many consider the role of Cleopatra in this play one of the most complex female roles in Shakespeare's work. She is frequently vain and histrionic, provoking an audience almost to scorn; at the same time, Shakespeare's efforts invest both her and Antony with tragic grandeur. These contradictory features have led to famously divided critical responses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781853260759
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions, Limited
Publication date: 01/28/1993
Series: Classics Library Series
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 4.37(w) x 6.98(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Janet Suzman was born in Johannesburg, graduated from the University of Witwatersrand, trained at LAMDA, and was at the RSC for a decade playing many of the heroines and culminating in a memorable Cleopatra. She has since pursued a richly varied career; twice winner of the Evening Standard Best Actress Award, she has also received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, twice won the Liverpool Echo Best Production Award and the TMA Best Production. She has diversified into occasional directing – beginning with her Johannesburg Othello in 1987 – and now teaches, lectures, writes and returns to acting, when the occasion beckons, with relief.

Date of Death:

2018

Place of Birth:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Place of Death:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

About Longman Cultural Editions About This Edition Introduction

Introduction

Antony and Cleopatra

The Historical Background

Classical Writers on Mark Antony and Cleopatra

The Historians: Plutarch and Dio Cassius

Plutarch, Life of Marcus Antonius

Dio Cassius, Roman History, Book 51

Three Augustan Poets: Virgil, Horace, Propertius

Virgil, Aeneid 8.675-828

Horace, Odes 1.37

Propertius, Elegies 2.16

Antony and Cleopatra on the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Stage

Giovan Battista Giraldi Cinzio, Cleopatra (1541-43)

Etienne Jodelle, Cleopatra captive (1553)

Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, Antonius (1590)

Robert Garnier, Marc Antoine (1578)

Samuel Daniel, The Tragedy of Cleopatra, 1594 and 1607

Fulke Greville, A lost Antony and Cleopatra

Charles Sedley, Antony and Cleopatra (1677)

John Dryden, All for Love or the World Well Lost (1678)

The Great Critics on Antony and Cleopatra from Schlegel to Bradley

August Wilhelm Schlegel, Lectures on Dramatic Literature

William Hazlitt, Characters of Shakespeare's Plays

Mrs. Anna Jameson, Characteristics of Women, Moral, Poetical, Historical

A.C. Bradley, Oxford Lectures on Poetry

Further Reading

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"By turns intriguing, moving and entertaining" Telegraph

"An undoubted highlight... reveals the human side of two of history's most well-known characters." The Public Reviews

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