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Julius Caesar (Shakespeare, Signet Classic) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0451526892 ISBN-10: 0451526899 Edition: Revised

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Product Details

  • Series: Shakespeare, Signet Classic
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Classics; Revised edition (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451526899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451526892
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"[An] excellent edition."--Linda Anderson, Virginia Tech


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Customer Reviews

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare This is one of Shakespeares most famous plays.
Kelly Kovalsky
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in history or wants to read a compelling classic.
"kelbel288"
As an actor, I have been reading Shakespeare for quite awhile, and I still found this book very helpful.
The Actor

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27 of 27 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
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sean Ares Hirsch on April 14, 2000
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This was the first play performed at the Globe Theatre. For that reason alone, this play deserves special attention. But the characters, the language, and this interesting situation represent Shakespeare's finest efforts. Cassius is ruthless with a malicious attitude. But he honestly fears what Caesar will do if he is crowned. Brutus is a good and honest man. He contemplates joining Cassius to kill Caesar despite the fact that Caesar loves him as a friend. (In history as well, Caesar was notably kind to Brutus.) But yet he too fears that if Caesar is crowned, Rome will bleed. Mark Antony is convincing as Caesar's loyal aid who SEEMS insignificant at first. But after Caesar is killed, he emerges as the most powerful and intelligent character in the play. What makes this play so phenomenal is that we can easily understand and sympathize with any of these major characters. (Even though they are on opposite sides.) What's left? Only chilling omens like the Soothsayer, the storm, the ghost of Caesar, etc. Only memorable passages like Mark Antony's famous 'honorable' speech. If you like this play, I suggest the B & W version where James Mason does Brutus, John Gielgud does Cassius, and Marlon Brando does Mark Antony.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A.J. on October 27, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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4 of 4 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2003
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When it comes to Shakespeare, there really isn't a discussion about how good the play is...they are all fantastic and are all worth devoting time to read. When you buy, it comes down to the edition. The Folger library is the most obvious choice: they have very detailed introductions and on every left-hand side of the page, they explain certain phrases that have become phased out of the language. They also have a huge library on everything Shakespeare. This edition of Julius Caesar is certainly the best out there, and I reccomend you buy it. Oh, did I mention it's a great play?
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