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Antony and Cleopatraby William Shakespeare
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In this edition of the play David Bevington shows how the theatrical design and imaginative vision of Antony and Cleopatra make it one of Shakespeare's most remarkable tragedies. A substantial critical introduction synthesises the best criticism of the play and presents a fresh consideration of its erotic and political complexities. The edition is throughout attentive to the play as theatre: a detailed, illustrated account of the stage history is followed, in the commentary, by discussion of staging options offered by the text. The commentary is especially full and helpful, untangling many obscure words and phrases, illuminating sexual puns, and alerting the reader to Shakespeare's shaping of his source material in Plutarch's Lives.
In this edition of the play, the editor highlights the theatrical design and imaginative vision of "Antony and Cleopatra". A substantial critical introduction synthesizes the best criticism of the play and presents a fresh consideration of its erotic and political complexities.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Preface; List of abbreviations and conventions; Introduction; Note on the text; List of characters; The play; Supplementary note; Textual analysis; Reading list.
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