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Julius Caesar (Shakespeare, Signet Classic) Reprint Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0451526892
ISBN-10: 0451526899
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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8-One of the marks of Shakespeare's greatness is the continued interest in adapting his enduring works. This recording of Julius Caesar is one in a series drawn from Leon Garfield's Shakespeare Stories. Liberally sprinkled with lines from the original play, the recording presents a condensation of all five acts in a little more than an hour. Beginning with a brief biography of the Bard, the recording then offers a thorough but not lengthy overview of the play. All this sets the stage for Simon Russell Beale's well paced narration. This Royal Shakespeare Company veteran moves so skillfully between story text and dialogue that at times it seems as though there are several actors reading. Classic lines such as "Et tu. Brute" and "Friends, Romans, Countrymen " are rendered with fresh vigor. At the conclusion of the play, an article on "Shakespeare Today" offers suggestions to help youngsters have fun with Shakespeare. Short selections of period music make a nice transition between sections of the recording. Though aimed at a middle school audience, both teens and adults will find this presentation a good way to learn about one of the earliest plays performed at the Globe Theatre.
Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Series: Shakespeare, Signet Classic
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451526899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451526892
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By The Actor on March 7, 2006
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I really enjoyed reading this edition of the play. Each scene is proceded by a summary of the secene and followed by commentary on the scene, and there are notes alongside the text explaining unusual words/phrases. As an actor, I have been reading Shakespeare for quite awhile, and I still found this book very helpful. If you are new to reading Shakespeare, I particularly recommend this because you will find it very helpful.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Williams on April 15, 2009
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This series is great for students. The books are divided into three sections: the first section is a kind of history of Shakespeare and his plays, the second section is the actual play, and the third section is more of the details of the play,i.e. where the story came from, how it is performed,how to directed the play. All in all it was a great for teaching the works of Shakespeare.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pandajama on April 1, 2011
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It drives me crazy that I am on Amazon's page for the Arden Edition, Third Series of Julius Caesar and most if not all reviews are about a different edition of this play -- everything from the Cliff's Notes to Folger and Cambridge editions.

Like all the Arden Third Series editions I have read, this one is first-rate. The Second Series, not so much (though some were very good -- All's Well That Ends Well, Comedy of Errors, some others), but this one holds its own. Exceptional notes, very well done introduction (read it after you've read the play of course), and the same exceedingly sturdy binding and tough pages that let you spill all the coffee on it you want on it and then drive your car over it and still read it just fine.

I have not read the other more expensive editions of this play, but I've read some of the cheaper ones, and in my opinion this is well worth the extra ten bucks or so. Plus it really will last forever.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A.J. on October 27, 2003
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Not much is more sensational than the assassination of a major public figure; reading Act 3, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," in which the title character is stabbed and hacked to death by half a dozen conspirators, I feel like I'm depriving myself of a thrilling theatrical spectacle that must be seen to be appreciated. It is not necessary to know much about Caesar to sense the power of the drama; the play provides just enough background and information about Caesar's personality to suggest the reason for his murder and its consequences.
In historical actuality, Caesar's murder was in some ways the pivot around which Rome transformed from a republic into an empire, and the play, which Shakespeare bases faithfully on Plutarch's histories, is ultimately about the political struggle that drives this transformation. The main conspirator against Caesar, and the one to deal him the final blow, is Brutus, who foresees nothing but tyranny if Caesar is made a king. There is something atavistic about his attitude, for he is descended from the family that was instrumental in turning the kingdom of Rome into a republic five centuries earlier.
The scenes leading up to Caesar's murder build with forceful tension.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. E. Munson on December 15, 2012
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I have now bought several of these Shakespeare graphic novels to get the topic started in a much more interesting way for my two home schooled kids. This is perfect and they get conversations rolling on Shakespeare's works and make it so much easier to interpret for the visual learners in your life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Salzer on November 7, 2002
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"Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once." - Caesar
Just one of the many brilliant quotes from this powerful and enduring tragedy, which happens to be amongst my very favorite Shakespeare. How could anyone not enjoy Marc Antony swaying the weak-minded and feeble-minded plebians with his vibrant and rousing speech? Julius Caesar is unquestionably quintessential Shakespeare, a monumental work that perhaps is surpassed only by Hamlet and rivaled by Othello, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, & King Lear.
Julius Caesar teaches us about the dangers and pitfalls of ambition, jealousy, power, as well as the sacrifice for the greater good - even if it is another's life. Amongst the bood-thirsty traiotors, only Brutus genuinely believes in the assassination of Caesar for the greater good of the Republic. Julius Caesar galvanizes the brain and awakens the spirit from within with scenes such as when Marc Antony proclaims, "Cry Havoc and let slip the dogs of war."
Countless amounts of quotes and passages throughout the play rank among my favorite Shakespeare. Needless to say, this book should be on the bookshelf of any and all with any semblance of intellect and enough cultivation to appreciate such superb literature.
The modern perspective following the text enlightens and should be read by anyone seeking more knowledge about this amazing tragedy and time in history. An irrepressible 5 stars.
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