Antony and Cleopatra / Edition 1

Antony and Cleopatra / Edition 1

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Antony and Cleopatra / Edition 1

Shakespeare's multifaceted Antony and Cleopatra has been seen on one hand as a romance about the transcendence of love and on the other as a lesson against neglect of duty. This invaluable new study guide to one of Shakespeare's greatest plays contains a selection of the finest criticism through the centuries on Antony and Cleopatra, including commentaries by such important critics as John Dryden, Samuel Johnson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Northrop Frye, Anne Barton, and many others. Students will also benefit from the additional features in this volume, including an introduction by Harold Bloom, an accessible summary of the plot, an analysis of several key passages, a comprehensive list of characters, a biography of Shakespeare, essays discussing the main currents of criticism in each century since Shakespeare's time, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198319290
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/28/1962
Series: New Clarendon Shakespeare Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 4.63(w) x 6.63(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Series Introduction     ix
Introduction   Harold Bloom     xi
Biography of William Shakespeare     1
Summary of Antony and Cleopatra     5
Key Passages in Antony and Cleopatra     19
List of Characters in Antony and Cleopatra     41
Criticism Through the Ages     45
Antony and Cleopatra in the Seventeenth Century     47
1678 From the Preface to All for Love   John Dryden     49
1680 From "Address to Edward Tayler," in The Loyal General, a Tragedy   Nahum Tate     50
Antony and Cleopatra in the Eighteenth Century     53
1759 From "Some Remarks upon the New-revived Play of Antony and Cleopatra"   John Hill     54
1765 From "Notes on the Plays," in The Plays of William Shakespeare   Samuel Johnson     55
1774 From Bell's Edition of Shakespeare's Plays   Francis Gentleman     56
1784 From Dramatic Miscellanies   Thomas Davies     57
Antony and Cleopatra in the Nineteenth Century     59
1809 From Lectures on Dramatic Art and Literature   August Wilhelm von Schlegel     61
1817 From Characters of Shakespear's Plays   William Hazlitt     62
1818 From Shakspeare, withIntroductory Remarks on Poetry, the Drama, and the Stage   Samuel Taylor Coleridge     66
1832 From Shakespeare's Heroines: Characteristics of Women, Moral, Poetical, & Historical   Anna Murphy Brownell Jameson     67
1857 From Remarks on the Differences in Shakespeare's Versification in Different Periods of His Life   Charles Bathurst     69
1875 From Shakspere: A Critical Study of His Mind and Art   Edward Dowden     71
1896 "The Dark Lady as a Model-The Fall of the Republic a World-Catastrophe," from William Shakespeare: A Critical Study   Georg Brandes     75
Antony and Cleopatra in the Twentieth Century     83
1901 From "Preface: Better than Shakespear?" from Three Plays for Puritans   George Bernard Shaw     85
1909 From "Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra," in Oxford Lectures on Poetry   A. C. Bradley     92
1931 "The Diadem of Love: An Essay on Antony and Cleopatra," from The Imperial Theme: Further Interpretations of Shakespeare's Tragedies Including the Roman Plays   G. Wilson Knight     110
1951 "Antony and Cleopatra," from The Meaning of Shakespeare   Harold C. Goddard     163
1972 "'Nature's Piece 'Gainst Fancy': The Divided Catastrophe in Antony and Cleopatra," from An Inaugural Lecture (to the Hildred Carlile Chair of English Literature in the University of London tenable at Bedford College)   Anne Barton     188
1974 "The Significance of Style," from Shakespeare's Living Art   Rosalie L. Colie     205
1986 "Antony and Cleopatra," from Northrop Frye on Shakespeare   Northrop Frye     229
1988 "Enter a Messenger," from William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra   Laura Quinney     244
1988 "Introduction," from William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra   Harold Bloom     258
Antony and Cleopatra in the Twenty-first Century     263
2000 "Antony's 'Secret House of Death': Suicide and Sovereignty in Antony and Cleopatra," from Philological Quarterly   Jacqueline Vanhoutte     263
Bibliography     279
Acknowledgments     281
Index     283

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