Antony and Cleopatra (Modern Library Classics) by William Shakespeare

By William Shakespeare

Written on the top of Shakespeare’s profession and that includes his so much hovering poetic idiom, Antony and Cleopatra is either an immortal love tale and a political drama performed out on an international scale.

Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, of today’s so much complete Shakespearean students, this contemporary Library sequence comprises definitive texts and authoritative notes from William Shakespeare: entire Works. every one play contains an creation in addition to an outline of Shakespeare’s theatrical profession; remark on prior and present productions in response to interviews with top administrators, actors, and architects; scene-by-scene research; key proof concerning the paintings; a chronology of Shakespeare’s existence and instances; and black-and-white illustrations.

Ideal for college kids, theater pros, and basic readers, those sleek and obtainable versions from the Royal Shakespeare corporation set a brand new usual in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.

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There was a silence. Nick laughed. “He’s not a poet, Max,” he said. I had never before heard a son address his father by his first name. Max Brevoort peered at me. ” he said, without the least embarrassment. ” He rubbed his hands harder. ” Then we had tea, served by an impertinent maid, and Mrs. Beaver came in from the garden and Big Beaver told her of his having mistaken me for a poet and they both laughed heartily as if it were a wonderful joke. Nick lifted a sympathetic eyebrow at me. ” he asked quietly.

I had no fear that he would discover some new enormity—I have confessed to everything by now, or almost everything—but it seemed imperative to maintain consistency, for aesthetic reasons, I suppose, and in order to be consistent it was necessary to invent. Ironic, I know. He has the tenacity of the ferret: never let go. He is straight out of Dickens; I picture a crooked little house in Stepney or Hackney or wherever it is he lives, complete with termagant wife and a brood of cheeky nippers. It is another of my besetting weaknesses, to see people always as caricatures.

She made the word sound like an ailment. I thought: she can’t be from Skryne, he would never send someone with so little self-control. After a beat of flushed silence I said softly: “In my world, there are no simple questions, and precious few answers of any kind. ” Still fixed on that paperknife, she set her lips so tightly they turned white, and gave her head a quick, stubborn little shake, and I thought, almost with fondness, of Vivienne, my sometime wife, who was the only supposedly grown-up person I ever knew who used actually to stamp her foot when she was angry.

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