Summary: A magnificent drama of love and war, this riveting tragedy presents one of Shakespeare's greatest female characters -- the seductive, cunning Egyptian queen Cleopatra. The Roman leader Mark Antony, a virtual prisoner of his passion for her, is a man torn between pleasure and virtue, between sensual indolence and duty . . . between an empire and love. Bold, rich, and splendid in its setting and emotions, Antony And Cleopatra ranks among Shakespeare's suprem ...show moree achievements. A wide-ranging selection from the most recent criticism of Antony and Cleopatra, beginning with seminal work from the 1950s onwards and culminating in a series of radical reappraisals of the play's content, form and appeal to modern readers. The essays, together with a substantial Introduction, offer a controversial, lively re-reading of one of Shakespeare's major tragedies. In this edition, David Bevington shows how the theatrical design and imaginative vision of Antony and Cleopatra make it one of Shakespeare's most remarkable tragedies. The substantial introduction synthesizes the best criticism of the play, presenting a fresh consideration of its erotic and political complexities. This edition is constantly aware of the play as theater: a detailed illustrated account of the stage history is followed by a discussion of the staging options offered by the text. The full, helpful commentary untangles obscure words and phrases, illuminating sexual puns and Shakespeare's adaptation of source material from Plutarch's Lives. ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 65
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