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Antony and Cleopatra Paperback – 20 May 2008
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Praise for ‘Antony and Cleopatra’:
‘An irresistible read’
‘Full of passion, greed, intrigue and betrayal…a thoroughly entertaining read’
Praise for Colleen McCullough:
‘Fast-moving and immensely readable…this book is a page turner from start to finish’ Maeve Binchy
'McCullough piles on the drama' Daily Mail
'Sizzling family drama stuffed with passion, tragedy, love and sex' More
'Absorbing’ Sunday Telegraph
'Compelling, passionate and gritty' She
'Probes the depths of the human heart in a haunting, multi-layered novel' Good Book Guide
'Deliciously addictive…a classic tale of wealth and power–an engrossing read' Sainsbury's magazine
About the Author
Colleen McCullough, a neuroscientist by training, worked in various Sydney and English hospitals before settling into 10 years of research and teaching in the Department of Neurology at the Yale Medical School in the USA. In 1974 her first novel, ‘Tim’ was published in New York, followed by ‘The Thorn Birds’ in 1977 and a string of successful novels, including the Masters of Rome series. She lives in Norfolk Island, with her husband, Ric Robinson, and a cat named Shady.
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This story appeals to people from all walks of life with its tale of forbidden love between two teens. Juliet obviously lusts after Romeo in no way that a teen fiction love story these days does. That in our modern world the two obviously consummate their love adds a certain frisson as strictly speaking Juliet is under age, but that thankfully hasn't sent the censor to start editing it.
Really delving into what love and subsequently lust means this play should be a standard on the curriculum and could be used as a starting point for sex education. Shakespeare really showed here what being in love feels like as no one has ever done before or since and he speaks to our psyche and our emotions that make this drama so memorable. Really this is a must read.
As with all Oxford Shakespeare's, the notes are comprehensive and easy to follow, and the supporting material helpful. I wouldn't want to use this as the entire basis for teaching or for revision, but it's a solid starting point.
It lacks some of the bells and whistles that more modern publishers use, so a little dry for student to use directly at this point, particularly those who have been weaned on CGP guides!
You also have some detailed notes and comments at the back of these books, exploring social and historical context, theme and character etc.
I would recommend York Notes or other study notes on the play for students seeking seriously good grades.
The text and study guides are fantastic Christmas gifts or Birthday gifts for students who have to study this play for GCSE and who want to do well.
Julius Caesar (Annotated)
This edition offers detailed readings, glosses and a textual introduction to help students navigate through both the play and some of the scholarship which surrounds it. Hamlet is a play which exists in different textual forms in the quartos and the First Folio, and it's helpful to have a detailed discussion of these variations accompanying the play-text itself. A very good study edition for students and general readers.
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