Anthony and Cleopatra is not only one of Shakespeare’s greatest love stories, but also a powerful political drama. It is among the most poetic of all the high Shakespearean tragedies.
This is not only one of the world’s greatest love stories, but also a sweeping political drama of unparalleled force. From the rich vein of comedy that runs through it to the play’s unforgettable ending, it reveals a writer at the height of his powers and confidence. Shakespeare’s incomparable poetry, and his capacity to combine intimate moments with tragic grandeur, give his hero and heroine an irresistible glamour which, for all their flaws, has continued to seduce audiences through the centuries.
Published by Oxford University Press and bound in hardback buckram by The Folio Society, The Oxford Shakespeare series offers authoritative editions of Shakespeare’s plays. The early printings have been scrupulously re-examined and interpreted by eminent scholars, who also provide introductory essays covering all relevant background information, together with an appraisal of critical views and of the plays in performance. The exhaustive commentaries pay particular attention to language and staging. Reprints of sources, music for songs, genealogical tables and maps are included where necessary; many of the volumes are illustrated, and all contain an index.
Each book has an individual editor, with the whole series overseen by Stanley Wells.
Michael Neill is Associate Professor of English at Aukland University.
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