Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare


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ISBN-13: 9781731708205
Publisher: Simon & Brown
Publication date: 11/22/2018
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

William Shakespeare
(26 April 1564 (baptised) - 23 April 1616), was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as both the greatest writer in the English language, and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet, and the "Bard of Avon".

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Place of Death:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

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Table of Contents

Series Introduction     ix
Introduction   Harold Bloom     xi
Biography of William Shakespeare     1
Summary of Julius Caesar     5
Key Passages in Julius Caesar     21
List of Characters in Julius Caesar     31
Criticism Through the Ages     35
Julius Caesar in the Seventeenth Century     37
1601-From The Mirror of Martyrs   John Weever     38
1641-"De Shakespeare nostrat[i]," from Timber, or Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter   Ben Jonson     39
1672-"Prologue to Julius Caesar"   John Dryden     39
1693-From A Short View of Tragedy   Thomas Rymer     40
Julius Caesar in the Eighteenth Century     49
1739-Chapter IV, from An Apology for the Life of Mr. Colley Cibber   Colley Cibber     50
1748-Section X, from Critical Observations on Shakespeare   John Upton     53
1761-"Essay on Tragedy," from Critical Essays on Dramatic Poetry   Voltaire     54
1768-"Julius Caesar," from General Observations on Shakspeare's Plays   Samuel Johnson     55
1769-"Upon the Death of Julius Caesar," from An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespear   Elizabeth Montagu     56
Julius Caesar in the Nineteenth Century     61
1809-From Lectures on Dramatic Art and Literature   August Wilhelm Schlegel     63
1813-1816-"Shakespeare Compared with the Ancients and the Moderns," from Shakespeare Ad Infinitum   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe     64
1817-"Julius Caesar," from Characters of Shakespear's Plays   William Hazlitt     67
1818-"Julius Caesar," from Lectures and Notes on Shakspere and Other English Poets   Samuel Taylor Coleridge     72
1846-From Shakespeare's Dramatic Art, and His Relation to Calderon and Goethe   Hermann Ulrici     74
1849-1850-"Character of Caesar," from Shakespeare Commentaries   Georg Gottfried Gervinus     77
1872-From Shakespeare: His Life, Art, and Characters   H.N. Hudson     79
1875-From Shakspere: A Critical Study of His Mind and Art   Edward Dowden     81
1879-"Julius Caesar (continued). Casca. Cicero. Portia," from Shakespeare and Classical Antiquity: Greek and Latin Antiquity as Presented in Shakespeare's Plays   Paul Stapfer     83
1882-"In Honour of Shakespeare," from The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche   Friedrich Nietzsche     94
1893-"How the Play of Julius Caesar Works to a Climax at the Centre: A Study in Passion and Movement," from Shakespeare as a Dramatic Artist: A Popular Illustration of the Principles of Scientific Criticism   Richard G. Moulton     95
1894-"Julius Caesar: Critical Remarks," from The Works of William Shakespeare   Oscar Fay Adams   Frank A. Marshall     107
1898-"Tappertit on Caesar," from Our Theatres in the Nineties   George Bernard Shaw     113
Julius Caesar in the Twentieth Century     117
1931-"The Eroticism of Julius Caesar," from The Imperial Theme: Further Interpretations of Shakespeare's Tragedies Including the Roman Plays   G. Wilson Knight     119
1935-"Antony in Behalf of the Play," from The Southern Review   Kenneth Burke     146
1946-"Julius Caesar: The Play's Structure," from Prefaces to Shakespeare   Harley Granville-Barker     155
1947-"Julius Caesar," from Lectures on Shakespeare   W.H. Auden     176
1951-"Julius Caesar," from The Meaning of Shakespeare   Harold C. Goddard     188
1955-"Introduction: Language and Imagery," from Julius Caesar   T.S. Dorsch     212
1986-"Julius Caesar," from Shakespeare's Tragedies: An Introduction   Dieter Mehl     220
1994-"Introduction," from Julius Caesar   Harold Bloom     241
1996-"Introduction," from Bloom's Notes: William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar   Harold Bloom     244
Julius Caesar in the Twenty-first Century     247
2000-"Julius Caesar," from Shakespeare's Language   Frank Kermode     248
2002-"Sympathy for Brutus," from Shakespeare: Seven Tragedies Revisited: The Dramatist's Manipulation of Response   E.A.J. Honigmann     257
2005-"The End of the Republic: Titus Andronicus and Julius Caesar," from Shakespeare and Republicanism   Andrew Hadfield     280
Bibliography     301
Acknowledgments     305
Index     307

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Julius Caesar (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
MMLovejoy More than 1 year ago
As an experienced high school English teacher, I always advise my students and their parents to purchase a Folger's edition of Shakespeare's plays. The notes, summaries, and other commentary serve the novice Shakespearean reader well and make the classical allusions and denotations of unfamiliar and common words and phrases from the Elizabethan age much easier for 21st Century readers to understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, this is by far my favorite Shakespeare play however, I object to one aspect of it. Wait a moment, Shakepeare fans! Refrain from biting your thumbs at me until you know the nature of my complaint. The play is entitled Julius Caesar, but I do not think that the play was about Caesar. Yes, it was about his Rome. Yes, he was about to be made king. Yes, it is he who is killed. On the contrary, the play mainly centers around Brutus that is why I could not put the book down until I had finished it (in one sitting, yes). It was the tragedy of noble Brutus, not the assasination of Caesar, that captivated me. Idealistic at best, Brutus's oratory in which he said he loved Rome more than his beloved Caesar was one of those chilling moments in literature that reminds us why readers read and why writers write. Then, another gem, Cassius's famous line (above) is more true than we give it credit, especially in the United States. In short, 'Beware the ides of March!'
Noticer More than 1 year ago
In high school we had to read Romeo and Juliet and the emphasis of the teacher was to just about memorize the play. Didn't enjoy Shakespeare in high school but picked up some of the Shakespeare plays published by Barnes & Noble and to my surprise have read Juliet Caesar as well as The Merchant of Venice and found them not just easy reading but enjoyable. Have now picked up Othello, King Lear and Macbeth so if you are interested in reading Shakespeare without problems or have to read for a class would definitely recommend the Barnes & Noble publications.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of Shakespeare's best plays! The plot and the story is captivating and even more engrossing because of the historical fact behind it. You see Caesar's assasination in a new light in a simple to read, short play!
Vovo More than 1 year ago
Julius Caesar is surprisingly easy enough to read even with the old English, and there is so much that underlies each and every word. Shakespeare certainly sets a fine example of what is needed in a good script. By using such eloquently intense words alone, he spins a silk web around the reader, hypnotically playing the scenes before one's eyes. Stripped down, the plot focuses on Brutus and Antony and their separate ideals for the one woman they both love: Rome. "The sun of Rome is set! Our day is gone; Clouds, dews, and dangers come; our deeds are done!"
lyzadanger on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Forgive me that it took me eight months to finish Shakespeare's shortest play. I kept picking it up, reading the first act, and then forgetting. It's strange reading about Roman history through compound filters: dramatization, Shakespearean England, what we know of the Roman Republic, modern norms. One gets so twisted around that nary an eyebrow is raised in Act 2 when Caesar asks "What is't o'clock?" (Brutus: "Caesar, 'tis strucken eight.") Such a tangle that it might not jump immediately to mind that there were probably not a whole lot of chiming clocks in the first century BC. We've got Centurions herein acting like they're on Queen Elizabeth's court. Strange.This play is brief. Brief enough that it doesn't feel like a story so much as a string of exchanges. Brutus (who refers to himself in the third person and thus puts me in the mind of Tarzan or other deep-voiced simpleton) seems instantly swayed to subterfuge. Caesar is full of lofty exaltations but kind of amounts to nothing when you think about it. Marc Antony does show a bit of craftiness, and Cassius is devious. I do like the way Casca responds to Cassius' invitation to dinner and I hope I can use it myself sometime: "Ay, if I be alive, and your mind hold, and your dinner worth the eating."I do feel like that sometimes.
ausie7 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is the best William Shakespeare that I have ever read. I haven't read much but this one was really appealing to me. Even though I knew the ending, I couldn't put the book down until the end.
shawnd on LibraryThing 7 months ago
"Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look." This was one of Shakespeare's more excellent books in my opinion. While historical it wasn't as bad as one of the Richard books--it had a timeless story without being too historical or too political, especially British-ly political. One of the original eponymous tragedy, a story of a man's success and betrayal. A wonderful masterpiece and underrated.
hlselz on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Had to read the play, cause I love the history. Im not a big fan of Shakespeare, but the loved the play because of the charectors.
TadAD on LibraryThing 7 months ago
At this point (I've not yet read King Lear or Othello), this is my favorite of Shakespeare's tragedies. Unlike the essentially silly situation of Romeo and Juliet or the artificially dragged out events of Hamlet, Brutus' struggle to reconcile patriotism and friendship, passion and honor mesmerized me right from the beginning.This is a high point in my quest to read/re-read all of Shakespeare's plays.
NDeramo More than 1 year ago
The tragic, historical drama Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare in 1599 as a way to safely comment on the political turmoil in England at the time, tells the story of the events surrounding the assassination of Julius Caesar, including its consequences and causes. Brutus' role in the act and its effects on him are also explored as he tries to decide what is best for the Republic. The involvement and motivations of several other pivotal Romans are included as well. The conflict between loyalty to people and loyalty to principles is central to the play. Persuasion and rhetoric are also very important, as are Fate and free-will. Idealism vs realism is also a big part of the story, as it is the main difference between Brutus and Antony and Octavian.  The play is interesting, especially for those who are interested in history. The fact that neither side is really wrong or right helps make the story thought-provoking, as is the fact that the play has no villains. Unfortunately, because most of the major details of the plot are common knowledge, most readers will never be surprised by anything that happens. Despite this, I still found the play interesting. It can be an informative source of information for readers who do not know much about that period. I think that the play excluded background information, such as the dire state of the Republic at the time, which would have helped the reader better understand points of view of the Conspirators and Caesar's followers. I also think that some of the characters could have been better portrayed, specifically Antony and that his complicated relationship with Octavian could have been included. The play didn't affect me much or change my opinions on the topic because I have studied the events that the play is based on in great detail prior to reading the play. This play was my second favorite of Shakespeare’s that I have read so far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't get this. When compared to the actual book, the spelling is completely different. You are better off getting the paperback copy of the book.
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emma-bear_ More than 1 year ago
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is the tragedy of Julius Caesar and Marcus Brutus. This was Shakespeare's transition from history plays to his famous tragedies. Overall, it is just another Shakespeare book, difficult to understand, but having a nice story when looking back on it. Not awful, but not the best
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Best play written by him, EVER!!!!
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