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    David Daniell is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of London and Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. For 25 years he taught Shakespeare and much else at University College London. He has been Visiting Professor at King's College London, and Visiting Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford. He has taught at Dartmouth College, and lectured widely in Europe, the US, and the UK. His publications include books onCoriolanus and The Tempest, and many articles on Shakespeare. He has written extensively on the English Bible, particularly its first translator, William Tyndale.

    This edition of one of Shakespeare's best known and most frequently performed plays argues forJulius Caesar as a new kind of political play, a radical departure from contemporary practice, combining fast action and immediacy with compelling rhetorical language, and finding a clear context for its study of tyranny in the last decade of the reign of Elizabeth I. The richly experimental verse and the complex structure of the play are analyzed in depth, and a strong case is made for this to be the first play to be performed at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

    The introduction to the play begins with a brief overview of its themes, characters, verse, and history. The editor proceeds to consider the dating of the play and why Shakespeare chose to writeJulius Caesar in 1599, looking at the works that preceded it as well as other historical context. In the next sections, Daniell examines the play's language and structures, with extensive comparison to the other tragedies and histories. The editor then discusses the sources of the play, focusing primarily on Plutarch's Lives. After a survey of the critical and performance histories of the play, Daniell concludes his introduction with a section on textual problems and interpretations. Also included in this edition are an appendix, Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romanes, and a list of abbreviations and references.

    The Arden Shakespeare has developed a reputation as the pre-eminent critical edition of Shakespeare for its exceptional scholarship, reflected in the thoroughness of each volume. An introduction comprehensively contextualizes the play, chronicling the history and culture that surrounded and influenced Shakespeare at the time of its writing and performance, and closely surveying critical approaches to the work. Detailed appendices address problems like dating and casting, and analyze the differing Quarto and Folio sources. A full commentary by one or more of the play's foremost contemporary scholars illuminates the text, glossing unfamiliar terms and drawing from an abundance of research and expertise to explain allusions and significant background information. Highly informative and accessible, Arden offers the fullest experience of Shakespeare available to a reader.


    ISBN 9781903436219
    Genre LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare
    Format Paperback
    Pages 394
    Publisher Date 1998-10-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Bloomsbury Arden
    Copyright Year 1998
    Height 7.5 in
    Wdth 5.0 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.95 lb
    Language English
    Series Name The Arden Shakespeare
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience College/higher education
    Authors Shakespeare, William
    Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0

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