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The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra

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ISBN-13: 978-1414251233
ISBN-10: 1414251238
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In this extraordinary play, one of Shakespeare's finest tragedies, a once-great general finds himself torn between his duty to the Roman Empire and his passionate attachment to Cleopatra, the alluring "Queen of the Nile." In depicting the collision of two contrasting cultures—Antony's world of political conniving and the hedonistic pleasures of Cleopatra's court—the playwright portrays a timeless paradox of human nature, the quest for seemingly irreconcilable goals.
The action of the play ranges from Alexandria and Rome to Syria and Athens, from the rugged quarters of military camps to the luxurious atmosphere of the Egyptian court. In the latter milieu Antony lingers, shamed by his overwhelming passion for Cleopatra yet irresistibly drawn toward love as a source of vitality and renewal. After ignoring increasingly urgent demands by his co-ruler, Octavius Caesar, for his return to Rome, Antony reluctantly obeys at last, marrying Octavius's sister and forming a fragile political alliance. This bond shatters when he returns to Cleopatra's side. Octavius declares war on the lovers, forcing them into a battle for world domination with dramatic and lasting consequences.
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JONATHAN BATE is Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, University of Warwick, UK, and the editor of The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. He has held visiting posts at Harvard, Yale and UCLA and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine's College, Cambridge, and a Governor and Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. A prominent critic, award-winning biographer and broadcaster, he is the author of several books on Shakespeare, including The Genius of Shakespeare (Picador), which was praised by Sir Peter Hall, founder of the RSC, as 'the best modern book on Shakespeare.' In June 2006 he was awarded a CBE by HM The Queen 'for services to Higher Education'. ERIC RASMUSSEN is Professor of English at the University of Nevada, USA, and the Textual Editor of The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. He is co-editor of the Norton Anthology of English Renaissance Drama and has edited volumes in both the Arden Shakespeare and Oxford World's Classics series. He is the General Textual Editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions project - one of the most visited Shakespeare websites in the world. For over nine years he has written the annual review of editions and textual studies for the Shakespeare Survey. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: IndyPublish.com (March 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414251238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414251233
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,063,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
Shakespeare, as ever, is brilliant, and this version of Antony and Cleopatra is reasonably acted. However, be forwarned, that in spite of the misleading claims on the packaging of these cassettes, labeling them an "unabridged classic", this is actually a significantly ABRIDGED version of the play. "Unabridged" here apparently means they have not shortened the production by the Canadian Broadcasting Company that is presented on the cassettes. This version of the play is also "adapted for audio" by speaking stage directions in a number of places, or making other changes in the text so the listener without a transcript can better know what is going on. Some may find this useful, but Shakespeare purists will definitely want to look elsewhere for a recording of this play.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 1998
Format: Audio Cassette
This cassette version of Shakespeare's play about two strong-willed individuals whose passion for each other leads to their downfall is magnificently done. Anthony Quayle, who does a hilarious Falstaff on other recordings in the Caedemon series, plays a heroic but flawed Antony who is all too aware of his captivity to Cleopatra, and yet unable to break free of her. Pamela Brown is equally fine as the imperious, manipulative Cleopatra. The rest of the cast is similarly superb, especially Jack Gwillim as Enobarbus. The recording, originally made in 1963, receives an excellent remastering in this cassette reissue; the sound quality is fantastic.
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By A Customer on January 2, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
This performance is billed as abridged but is infinitely more complete than the one amazon labels unabridged. To the extent that any of the Caedmon performances differ from whatever text you have in front of you, they are merely adhering to one editorial reading than another--several times I have listened to a Shakespeare Recording Society production and heard passages not printed in my complete edition of Shakespeare (Riverside). I have never been disappointed in either the quality of the text or performance in a Caedmon recording (or Arkangel for that matter). The main shortcoming of the Caedmon series is in the audio quality and if you can make allowances for that, you will find in these an excellent perspective on Shakespeare's art.
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By Lorin Mones on July 26, 2015
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Classic, also see Rome on HBO it's great
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