Julius Caesar

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Penguin, Dec 1, 2000 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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
 

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William Shakespeare was born at Stratford upon Avon in April, 1564. He was the third child, and eldest son, of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. His father was one of the most prosperous men of Stratford, who held in turn the chief offices in the town. His mother was of gentle birth, the daughter of Robert Arden of Wilmcote. In December, 1582, Shakespeare married Ann Hathaway, daughter of a farmer of Shottery, near Stratford; their first child Susanna was baptized on May 6, 1583, and twins, Hamnet and Judith, on February 22, 1585. Little is known of Shakespeare's early life; but it is unlikely that a writer who dramatized such an incomparable range and variety of human kinds and experiences should have spent his early manhood entirely in placid pursuits in a country town. There is one tradition, not universally accepted, that he fled from Stratford because he was in trouble for deer stealing, and had fallen foul of Sir Thomas Lucy, the local magnate; another that he was for some time a schoolmaster.

From 1592 onwards the records are much fuller. In March, 1592, the Lord Strange's players produced a new play at the Rose Theatre called Harry the Sixth, which was very successful, and was probably the First Part of Henry VI. In the autumn of 1592 Robert Greene, the best known of the professional writers, as he was dying wrote a

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