Caesar and Cleopatra

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The Floating Press, Jun 1, 2011 - Drama - 163 pages
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George Bernard Shaw's 1898 take on the storied love affair between the Egyptian queen and Roman leader offers new insight into the political machinations that spurred the romance. Throughout the subtly layered drama, Shaw tackles weighty questions about the value of forgiveness and the true impact of civilization and human progress.
 

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User Review  - janerawoof - LibraryThing

Delightful play on the interaction between J. Caesar, here presented by Shaw as a wise avuncular idealist, and Cleopatra, the giggly teenage queen of Egypt. Caesar teaches her to be a real queen and ... Read full review

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User Review  - la2bkk - LibraryThing

An entertaining but inaccurate account of Caesar's brief foray with Cleopatra during the Alexandrian War in Ptolemaic Egpyt. Shaw's style is simple and engaging, and sometimes humorous. A good (and brief) read, but better to get your history elsewhere. Read full review

Contents

Act I
4
Act II
34
Act III
69
Act IV
100
Act V
140
Notes to Caesar and Cleopatra
151
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Renowned literary genius George Bernard Shaw was born on July 26, 1856 in Dublin, Ireland. He later moved to London and educated himself at the British Museum while several of his novels were published in small socialist magazines. Shaw later became a music critic for the Star and for the World. He was a drama critic for the Saturday Review and later began to have some of his early plays produced. Shaw wrote the plays Man and Superman, Major Barbara, and Pygmalion, which was later adapted as My Fair Lady in both the musical and film form. He also transformed his works into screenplays for Saint Joan, How He Lied to Her Husband, Arms and the Man, Pygmalion, and Major Barbara. Shaw won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925. George Bernard Shaw died on November 2, 1950 at Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire, England.

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