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    William Shakespeare(Author) Jan McKeith(Editor) Richard M. Adams(Editor)

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Edited, introduced and annotated by Cedric Watts, Research Professor of English, University of Sussex.

Antony and Cleopatra is one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies: a spectacular, widely-ranging drama of love and war, passion and politics. Antony is divided between the responsibilities of imperial power and the intensities of his sexual relationship with Cleopatra. She, variously generous and ruthless, loving and jealous, petulant and majestic, emerges as Shakespeare's most complex depiction of a woman:

‘Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale
Her infinite variety.’

Unsurpassed in sumptous eloquence and powerful characterisation, Anthony and Cleopatra deservedly retains its popularity in the theatre. Its insights into the corruptions of power and the ambiguities of desire remain timely.

This volume is part of the Wordsworth Classics' Shakespeare Series, in which each volume has been edited by Cedric Watts.

Readers wishing to know more of Cedric Watts’ work should buy his ‘Shakespeare Puzzles’, published by PublishNation (ISBN 978-1-291-66410-2), available from Amazon (both in printed and Kindle editions) and through all good bookshops.

Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, and one of the finest, and most poetic of all the high Shakespearean tragedies. Written between 1606 and 1607, it draws on the Roman historian Plutarch and his account of the collapse of the Roman Republic and the birth of the empire under Octavius Caesar, son of Julius. This imperial struggle for political power between Octavius, Lepidus, Pompey and Mark Antony provides the backdrop for the play's extraordinary evocation of the tempestuous love of Antony for Cleopatra, his "Egyptian dish".

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  • By Ms. J. A. Shakesby on 12 July 2014

    I given this one star - not for the quality of the play (which is worthy of 3/4 stars), but on the fact that I bought this edition for Kindle, only to find that it was difficult to read as it was not formatted correctly for Blank Verse, which is tough when most of the play is in verse and is meant to be read and understood as such. Ended up hefting my Complete Works open and reading that instead, as I was so irked by the Kindle version layout. Also, there was no character list or introduction, so I had to look up who characters were in my Complete Works too. Don't buy if you're an actor, it'll throw you completely.

  • By Jennifer Joseph on 6 June 2016

    If you are looking for helpful, insightful and easy to follow cliff notes on any great literary work, look no further than 'CliffsNotes'. They provide the background to the author and to the play. They explain the themes and the characters extremely well, so well in fact that you may feel that you don't need to read the actual play!

  • By Carol on 1 July 2016

    I am a great Shakespeare fan, especially of the history plays, but this has to be his most dreary play. However, no problems with the seller, the delivery or the condition of the book - all great.

  • By Maria Fallows on 6 June 2017

    Fast delivery and really helped with my Future Learn course - many thanks, Maria

  • By Hollie on 18 January 2017

    Good book, good size, but didn't like the layout of the book.

  • By Thomas Richards on 2 June 2014

    Always enjoyed McCullough's Roman series. However, I'm glad it has finished now. I got a bit bored after the assassination of Caesar!! I never liked Augustus much!Tom

  • By eleanor on 26 October 2014

    Awful edition - no character list, not clear when one act or scene begins or ends, line length demolished so poetry diminished.

  • By doonhamer on 8 August 2014

    Dont like it as much as other Shakespeare tragedies. read it for a purpose not because I didnt have a copy of the copmplete works


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