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Julius Caesar (No Fear Shakespeare) [Paperback]

William Shakespeare , edited by SparkNotes , John Crowther
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18 Nov 2004 1586638475 978-1586638474
The No Fear Shakespeare series contains complete scholarly editions of Shakespeare plays, side-by-side with accessible, contemporary translations for when Shakespeares language is confusing, or if you want to read classic Shakespeare plays from start to finish in modern-day language. Miss none of the magic or salient points of Julius Caesar with this innovative edition.

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  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: SparkNotes (18 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586638475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586638474
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire and was baptised on 26 April 1564. Thought to have been educated at the local grammar school, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he went on to have three children, at the age of eighteen, before moving to London to work in the theatre. Two erotic poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece were published in 1593 and 1594 and records of his plays begin to appear in 1594 for Richard III and the three parts of Henry VI. Shakespeare's tragic period lasted from around 1600 to 1608, during which period he wrote plays including Hamlet and Othello. The first editions of the sonnets were published in 1609 but evidence suggests that Shakespeare had been writing them for years for a private readership.

Shakespeare spent the last five years of his life in Stratford, by now a wealthy man. He died on 23 April 1616 and was buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. The first collected edition of his works was published in 1623.

(The portrait details: The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. NPG1, © National Portrait Gallery, London)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea 6 Mar 2011
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I was impressed by the idea of such a Shakespeare book. My daughter is studying Julius Caesar for her exams at school so this book has been a great help. The original text laid on the page next to everyday modern language makes it so easy to understand. A great buy to come to terms with Shakespearean language. I have also purchased other books in the series including "Twelfth Night" and "As You Like It" for my own enjoyment of reading. Would definitely recommend the "No Fear Shakespeare" books to any beginners who want a clearer understanding of the great works of William Shakespeare. Great service with delivery also, and the cost was not expensive either. However I think a more in-depth character analysis for each character in the play would be much appreciated for the ones provided are a bit brief.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So helpful in understanding the text 23 Feb 2014
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Needed it for drama school auditions as they may ask you about the play and what happens in the scene before and after your speech. Ordered this along with the RSC's adaptation of Julius Caesar. Both very helpful! Great play!
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5.0 out of 5 stars no fear caesar 19 Sep 2013
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good translation of text-useful for both teachers and students alike. Actual text on left and translation on the right on each page
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Fear Shakespeare Julius Caesar 5 July 2008
By Milton P. Thornton - Published on Amazon.com
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As an older adult that is somewhat isolated I started the study of Shakespeare on my own with just a big book that had annotaions that were often more cofusing than enlightening. It was rewarding but it was like plowing through a field full of big rocks. I found reading two or three scenes of an act with No Fear Shakespeare and then reading the corresponding section of Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare great fun. No Fear explains the nuances of language and setting while Asimov gives rich insight to the characters and events that makes it so easy to remember the varied characters and plot twists.

I found this method makes Shakespeare infinitely more easy to not only get through but savor and enjoy. My plan is to get as much of No Fear Shakespeare as I can including all the plays that I have gone through so laboriously in the past and apply the No Fear/Asimov technique. I hope it works as well for you as it did for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource 11 Mar 2007
By Nikki - Published on Amazon.com
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I teach high school students and must say that this book has been a valuable resource throughout our unit on Julius Caesar. My students are finally grasping what is being read and have really enjoyed the reading thus far. If only there had been a reference tool around like this when I was in school!!! The title is absolutely right, there is No Fear in reading Shakespeare any longer.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning Made Easy 1 April 2012
By helen - Published on Amazon.com
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No Fear Shakespeare was a tremendous help in understanding the play, Julius Caesar. To read Shakespeare in plain English made it easy to take the leap to reading the play in the original language. The side-by-side Shakespearean language next to the plain English translation was especially helpful.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for struggling readers 18 Dec 2011
By David Lowe - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this for my sophomore English class. It is great for students who are struggling to understand Shakespeare's writing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! 24 Sep 2011
By Whitney - Published on Amazon.com
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I needed this book for school, but was given only a weekend to read (and comprehend) the whole thing. Obviously because it is a play, it is more than possible to read in just a few hours. However the old English can be difficult to sift through unless you put some serious time and effort into it. So, I bought the No-Fear Shakespeare because it has a "modern day translation" that parallels each page of Shakespearian and is extremely useful when you are a little lost with what's going on. There are also occasional side notes that explain ambiguous references that the characters make. I've used No-Fear before and HIGHLY recommend it!
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