John Wilders—literary advisor to the BBC TV Shakespeare series—brings thorough scholarship and a practical understanding of performance needs to this new edition. Clarity, accessibility and rigour are the hallmarks of an edition which will provide invaluable guidance for all its readers.
"This edition has a very helpful introduction and good clear text, as well as the exceptionally excellent and detailed notes."—Dr Michael Herbert, St Andrews University
"…a useful treatment of a complex play"—Barry Gaines, University of New Mexico, Shakespeare Quarterly
The Arden Shakespeare is the established scholarly edition of Shakespeare's plays. Now in its third series, Arden offers the best in contemporary scholarship. Each volume guides you to a deeper understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's work.
This edition of Antony and Cleopatra provides:
A clear and authoritative text, edited to the highest standards of scholarship.
- Detailed notes and commentary on the same page as the text.
- A full, illustrated introduction to the play's historical, cultural and performance contexts.
- An in-depth survey of critical approaches to the play.
- A full index to the introduction and notes.
- A select bibliography of references and further reading.
With a wealth of helpful and incisive commentary, the Arden Shakespeare is the finest edition of Shakespeare you can find.
About the Authors
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was born in Stratford-upon-Avon where his father was a prosperous glover. His early life is obscure, but he married Anne Hathaway in 1682 with whom he had two children. By 1592 he was establishing himself in London, and over the next twenty years he wrote thirty-seven plays-and contributed to many more-was a prolific poet, and was taken up by several influential patrons. His Sonnets were first printed in 1609 by George Eld for Thomas Thorpe. The identity of Mr. W.H. to whom the Sonnets are dedicated remains a mystery, as does the identity of the aristocratic youth in the Sonnets and the enigmatic Dark Lady.
List of illustrations General Editors’ preface Preface Acknowledgements Introduction - Jacobean performance - The question of unity - The question of structure - The question of moral judgement - The question of the tragic - Language and style - The sources - The date of composition - The text ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA Longer notes Appendix: Folio lineation Abbreviations and References Index