Julius Caesar 00 Edition
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- Item Weight : 1.24 pounds
- ISBN-13 : 978-1530369355
- ISBN-10 : 1530369355
- Paperback : 210 pages
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.53 x 11 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 00 edition (March 3, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,452,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It would have been totally fine for a class. There’s brief notes explaining difficult words and passages on the bottom of each page. Totally standard, really, except that for some reason there’s no line numbers.
Honestly, I don't know why we push Shakespeare on kids. It's so much more meaningful in your 30's, 40's, 50's etc when you can better understand how sharp Shakespeare really was. At 14 Julius Caesar was meaningless and tiring to me. At 44 it's brilliant and so very relevant to modern times. I think it would be fascinating if everyone was forced to go through high school english lit at age 40 or so.
Anyway, for $3, this book did well as something I could read in the bath without concern for it getting wet.
As with most of the Arden series, this critical edition represents superior scholarship and valuable reader assistance. Its extensive footnotes should illumine most instances of unfamiliar language or allusion, and an Appendix provides relevant excerpts from Plutarch's LIVES, which Shakespeare consulted for many of his details. Those new to JULIUS CAESAR, however, are best advised to begin with the text of the play itself (in the volume's central section), saving the so-called 'Introduction' until afterwards; for Daniell's excellent discussion relies heavily on citations of the play's content, and his insights are apt to be lost on the reader who has, as yet, little or no frame of reference.
It should be noted, too, that the Arden Shakespeare editions are best suited to serious students and amateurs already acquainted with the Bard and aspiring to more advanced appreciation. Having come late to the field myself, I mean no condescension in suggesting that someone just setting out may find the wealth of material here a bit overwhelming. The potential rewards of Shakespearean discovery are incalculable, and it is always tragic when worthy ambition burns itself out, for want of patience, by attempting too much too soon. I began with more modest editions, such as the Signet Classics or Pelican, which I found very accessible and sufficiently annotated to provide the help I then needed. Arden, which has been issuing and revising its series since 1899, will still be around when one is ready for it.