Excerpt from The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Vol. 12 of 12: The Plays Edited From the Folio of 1623, With Various Readings From All the Editions and All the Commentators, Notes, Introductory Remarks
This Tragedy is rounded entirely upon the Life of Marcus Antonius, in N orth's English translation of Plutarch, through the French version of Amyot. Closely as Shakespeare adhered to the same authority when he wrote Julius Caesar, he followed it into still minuter details in selecting incidents for this great companion piece. Indeed, the tragedy is such a mere dramatization of the Life, that to give in illustration from the latter all the passages which correspond to Scenes or speeches in the former, would be to reprint a large part of Plutarch's work Daniel wrote a tragedy, Cleopatra, which was published in 1594, and the Countess of Pembroke's Tragedie of Antonie, which was translated from the French, appeared in 1595 but Shakespeare was in no way indebted to either.
Antony and Cleopatra was first printed in the folio of 1623, and with remarkable accuracy; the corruptions being, for the most part, minor errors of the press. It was entered for publication on the 20th May, 1608 and this entry is our only evidence as to the date of its production. It was probably brought out not long before.
The period of the action and the costume are matters of the commonest historical knowledge.
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William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 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.
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Book Description Henry Pordes, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 4240049