Washington State University professor of English and Humanities Dr. Michael Delahoyde offers a compelling new edition of Shakespeare’s romantic political tragedy Anthony and Cleopatra, which not only properly adds the “h” back to Anthony — Shakespeare’s clear intention — but also restores the play to the context in which it was written: the Elizabethan court milieu. A must for lovers of Shakespeare and anyone who cannot resist an intriguing literary whodunnit.
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In one of Shakespeare's finest tragedies, a once-great general finds himself torn between his duty to the Roman Empire and his passionate attachment to Cleopatra, the alluring "Queen of the Nile." In depicting the collision of two contrasting cultures, the playwright portrays a timeless paradox of human nature, the quest for seemingly irreconcilable goals.
The action of the play ranges from the rugged quarters of military camps to the luxurious atmosphere of the Egyptian court. In the latter milieu Antony lingers, shamed by his overwhelming passion for Cleopatra yet irresistibly drawn toward love as a source of vitality and renewal. After ignoring increasingly urgent demands by his co-ruler, Octavius Caesar, for his return to Rome, Antony reluctantly obeys at last, marrying Octavius's sister and forming a fragile political alliance. This bond shatters when he returns to Cleopatra's side. Octavius declares war on the lovers, forcing them into a battle for world domination with dramatic and lasting consequences.
Editor Michael Delahoyde is a Professor of English at Washington State University where he has been teaching for over twenty years, mostly Shakespeare and interdisciplinary humanities courses. Initially, he graduated from Vassar College with degrees in English, music, and education. After briefly teaching middle school, he earned his graduate degrees at the University of Michigan, focusing on Chaucer in his Ph.D. dissertation. Dr. Delahoyde has published articles on Chaucer, dinosaur films, children’s toys, meat ads, and, mostly, Oxford as Shakespeare. He currently is managing editor for Brief Chronicles and frequently serves as a consultant on children’s books concerning monsters. Delahoyde enjoys his half-pug Magpie and playing 1930s pop songs on piano in local venues. His Oxfordian Shakespeare obsession has ruined his life, which is fine because he didn’t like that life anyway, and now he’s exhilarated all the time. Recently he has become addicted to archival research in northern Italy and to Aperol spritzes.
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Book Description Createspace Independent Pub, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 346 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.78 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1517046300