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Description - The Oxford Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Coriolanus by William Shakespeare

Coriolanus is perhaps the most brillant political play ever written. Though it is set in Ancient Rome, it has proved itself over the centuries as a perennially relevant study of the relationship between personality and politics. The Introduction to this new edition considers Shakespeare's adaptation of his historical material in relation to the social and political conditions in London and Stratford at the time of the play's composition, also offering new evidence that it was written in 1608. The play's searching presentation of the tension between politics and psychology is shown to result from major reinterpretations of Plutarch's structure and characterization. The editor offers a thorough and subtle analysis of the verbal style of the text and of its staging in relation to the Blackfriars theatre, where it was probably the first of Shakespeare's plays to be presented and for which it may have been written. A detailed study of its theatrical history illuminates the wide range of meanings the play has had for subsequent ages. The thorough commentary pays special attention to the needs of the actors and directors.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198129233
ISBN-10: 0198129238
Format: Hardback
(224mm x 146mm x 28mm)
Pages: 398
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 13-Oct-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - William Shakespeare

Brian Parker is Professor of English, Trinity College, University of Toronto.

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