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Cymbeline: The Oxford Shakespeare (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

William Shakespeare , Roger Warren
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12 Jun 2008 0199536503 978-0199536504
uses virtuoso theatrical and poetic means to dramatize a story of a marriage endangered by mistrust and painfully rebuilt, in a context of international conflict. This edition emphasizes the play's theatrical impact and pays close attention to its complex, evocative language.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks (12 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199536503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199536504
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.6 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of Shakespeare's most perplexing and unclassifiable late plays, Cymbeline is often labelled a "Romance", due to its themes of pastoralism, exile and familial reconciliation which critics notice recur throughout Shakespeare's last plays, from Pericles to The Tempest. Set in ancient Roman Britain at the court of the British king Cymbeline, the main action of the play revolves around the relationship between Cymbeline's daughter, Imogen, and Posthumous Leonatus. Attempting to marry Imogen off to Cloten, the grotesque son of Cymbeline's second wife, the king banishes Posthumous in a rage when he discovers he has secretly married Imogen. As the personal relationships in the play deteriorate, on the public stage Rome prepares to invade Britain due to Cymbeline's failure to pay tribute to his imperial master. As the play builds to its militaristic climax, Posthumous returns to Britain, where he eventually contrives a reunion with Imogen and Cymbeline's long-lost sons, who unite in their attempt to resist the might of Rome.

The ending of the play, with its series of mystical riddles, unlikely coincidences and extraordinary reunions has baffled critics for centuries. Some read it as a heavy-handed political allegory of Jacobean national union under the new sovereign of the time, King James I, whilst others see in it Shakespeare pushing theatrical realism to its furthermost limits, with its decapitated bodies, complex staging and unlikely mistaken identities. Cymbeline remains a puzzling, enigmatic play. --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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?First published in the 1930s, these works, published here in economical paperback editions . . . are still considered definitive.?-Stages --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant introduction for essay writing 4 Jun 2014
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Arrived sooner than expected and in great condition. Has a great introduction for the play itself and if you need it for essay writing
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4.0 out of 5 stars The romance plays 16 Jan 2014
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I just like the themes of Shakespeare's later plays. Loss, love and redemption are 2 very important themes in these plays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SHAKESPEARE 15 Oct 2013
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How can you review the classics. Cymbeline is one of the plays by the bard and it is therefore excellent
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