Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare; Fully Annotated, with an Introduction, by Burton Raffel; With an Essay by Harold Bloom

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The Annotated Shakespeare Series allowsreaders to fully understand and enjoy the rich plays of the world’s greatest dramatist

The first tragedy to be played in the new Globe Theatre, Julius Caesar is set at a crucial turning point in Roman history, as the Republican gives way to the imperial. Safely removed in time and place from Shakespeare’s Elizabethan England, Rome makes the perfect laboratory for the playwright’s free-ranging political analysis.

This fully annotated version of Julius Caesar makesthe play completely accessible to readers in the twenty-first century. It has been carefully assembled with students, teachers, and the general reader in mind. Eminent linguist and translator Burton Raffel offers generous help with vocabulary and usage of Elizabethan English, pronunciation, prosody, and alternative readings of phrases and lines. His on-page annotations provide readers with all the tools they need to comprehend the play and begin to explore its many possible interpretations. 

Burton Raffel is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities Emeritus and professor of English emeritus, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His most recent of many edited and translated publications is Das Nibelungenlied, published by Yale University Press. He lives in Lafayette. Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University and Berg Professor of English at New York University, is the author of many books, including The Western Canon, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, and Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine.

"The latest in Yale’s ‘Annotated Shakespeare’ series are two of the old boy’s greatest hits. Besides the scholarly texts, these include lists of suggested further reading, essays, and more. Fab for the price."—Library Journal

Received rating of "Outstanding" from 2007 University Press Books Committee
ISBN: 9780300108095
Publication Date: September 27, 2006
192 pages, 5 x 7 3/4
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