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ISBN-10 0205816827ISBN-13 9780205816828
ISBN-10 0321209435ISBN-13 9780321209436
Author(s): William Shakespeare; Oliver Arnold
Publisher: Longman
Copyright year: © 2010 Pages: 272

From Longman’s Cultural Editions series, Julius Caesar, edited by Oliver Arnold, presents Shakespeare’s great political play–the most famous and influential English  representation of the classical world. 

The play is supplemented with a substantial introduction and a wide range of texts that encourage readers to explore the relation between Caesar and Elizabethan attitudes toward republicanism, tyranny, liberty, prophecy, dreams, and ghosts.  The selections are generous enough both to open up room for novel interpretations and to serve as introductions to important aspects of Elizabethan culture.  Lengthy excerpts from the Elizabethan translation of Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans allow readers to study Shakespeare’s transformation of source material into dramatic art.  Sections on performance history and critical reception illuminate the play’s enduring importance as a work of art and as a touchstone for political debate. 

Handsomely produced and affordably priced, the Longman Cultural Editions series presents classic works in provocative and illuminating contexts-cultural, critical, and literary. Cultural Editions are available for sale individually, or may be packaged at no additional cost with The Longman Anthology of British Literature by Damrosch/Dettmar et al, or at a discount with any other Longman textbook.