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Julius Caesar: Oxford School Shakespeare [Paperback]

William Shakespeare
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4 Mar 2010 0198328680 978-0198328681 Reprint
Oxford School Shakespeare is an acclaimed edition especially designed for students, with accessible on-page notes and explanatory illustrations, clear background information, and rigorous but accessible scholarly credentials. Julius Caesar is a popular text for study by secondary students the world over. This edition includes illustrations, preliminary notes, reading lists (including websites) and classroom notes.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reprint edition (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198328680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198328681
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 16.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,724 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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I bought this book for my 15 year old son, for school. He particularly appreciates the notes which are on the side of the text, so there are easy to find and he doesn't lose his line. The presentation is very clear, and the information about the play, and Shakespeare, are very useful. 5 star Amazon review

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5.0 out of 5 stars Julius Caesar:Oxford School Shakespeare 5 May 2014
By Dana M
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Very easy to read with explanatory notes at the side. Using it to familiarise myself with visit to the Globe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very approachable text 2 Jan 2013
By Sandford TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I have enjoyed this reading this particular edition very much. The whole book seems extremely well laid out, and with the comments alongside Shakespeare's text, makes it a relatively easy read. The A5 size of the printing, and the quality of the paper, make it a bargain
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5.0 out of 5 stars Julius Caesar Oxford Shakespeare Book-GCSE 15 May 2012
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Bought this for my daughter for learning this topic and making notes in the book as she was not able to do this with a school library book. This book was the cheapest in Amazon than anywhere else the moment we bought it.Thank you Amazon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent balance between original text and notes 12 May 2014
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These editions are my favorite ones to use with middle and high school students. They are slim; the page layout is attractive, with lots of white space and good illustrations; and the glossed words are well-chosen, the glosses well-done. In addition, the book provides useful background notes and act / scene summaries.

In the past I have tried the following editions:

Folger Library. Popular in schools, and easily the runner-up for an edition. My only objection is that the contemporary images (for instance, the title page of a 16th-century fencing manual) don't draw the readers into the text. Also, the textual apparatus is distracting; high school students don't need to know which old edition the editor has drawn on for a particular line.

Cambridge School Shakespeare. A very good resource for a classroom teacher looking for activities that will draw the students into the text. However, sometimes the text gets lost in the activities. The book is also a bit heavy. You can get one copy for yourself and choose the activities / study questions to use.

SparkNotes No Fear Shakespeare. I used this with a couple of private students when I was being overly-cautious about their ability to understand the bard. Since then, I've simply raised my expectations. Now, I require students to paraphrase as much of the play as possible; I find they can read the text with little difficulty by Act 5. (Also, I've realized that some plays are just too difficult. I love 1 Henry IV, but the bar scenes are too hard for average school-age readers.)

Penguin Classics. Used these when TAing for a college course. They seemed good for high-achieving college kids. No pictures or teaching suggestions.

Another excellent resource is Practical Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare, by Peter Reynolds. I got a lot of great feedback from students when using the exercises for Macbeth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Shakespeare easier to tackle for my 7th grader 9 April 2014
By shemow - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this edition for my dd as part of Omnibus I homeschool curriculum. I almost did not get this because I have The Complete Works of Shakespeare in my library already. This book is much easier to read and the side notes explain the text well, so that my dd can understand it better.
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