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Julius Caesar

by Willilam Shakespeare

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ISBN: 9780143128601
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  • Paperback
ISBN: 9780143128601

Publisher Description

This legendary Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Updated for the 21st century by editors Stephen Orgel of Stanford University and A. R. Braunmuller of UCLA, each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare's time, an introduction to the individual play, and a detailed note on the text used. With all new cover designs, these affordable Shakespeares are perfect for students, teachers, scholars and theatre professionals alike.

Author Biography

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He died on April 23, 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. William Montgomery (editor) is the coeditor of The Complete Oxford Shakespeare, joint textual editor of The Norton Shakespeare, and coauthor of William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion.

Douglas Trevor (Introduction) is a professor of English at the University of Michigan.


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The legendary Pelican Shakespeare series features authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by renowned Shakespeareans. Each book includes an essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare's time, an introduction to the individual play, and a detailed note on the text used.

Excerpt from Book

Act 1 Scene 1 running scene 1 Enter Flavius, Murellus and certain Commoners over the stage FLAVIUS Hence! Home, you idle creatures, get you home: Is this a holiday? What, know you not, Being mechanical, you ought not walk Upon a labouring day, without the sign Of your profession?- Speak, what trade art thou? CARPENTER Why, sir, a carpenter. MURELLUS Where is thy leather apron, and thy rule? What dost thou with thy best apparel on?- You, sir, what trade are you? COBBLER Truly, sir, in respect of a fine workman, I am but as you would say, a cobbler. MURELLUS But what trade art thou? Answer me directly. COBBLER A trade, sir, that I hope, I may use with a safe conscience, which is indeed, sir, a mender of bad soles. FLAVIUS What trade, thou knave? Thou naughty knave, what trade? COBBLER Nay I beseech you, sir, be not out with me: yet if you be out, sir, I can mend you. MURELLUS What mean''st thou by that? Mend me, thou saucy fellow? COBBLER Why sir, cobble you. FLAVIUS Thou art a cobbler, art thou? COBBLER Truly sir, all that I live by is with the awl. I meddle with no tradesman''s matters, nor women''s matters; but withal I am indeed, sir, a surgeon to old shoes: when they are in great danger, I recover them. As proper men as ever trod upon neat''s leather have gone upon my handiwork. FLAVIUS But wherefore art not in thy shop today? Why dost thou lead these men about the streets? COBBLER Truly, sir, to wear out their shoes, to get myself into more work. But indeed, sir, we make holiday to see Caesar and to rejoice in his triumph. MURELLUS Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home? What tributaries follow him to Rome To grace in captive bonds his chariot wheels? You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things: O you hard hearts, you cruel men of Rome, Knew you not Pompey? Many a time and oft Have you climbed up to walls and battlements, To towers and windows? Yea, to chimney-tops, Your infants in your arms, and there have sat The livelong day, with patient expectation, To see great Pompey pass the streets of Rome: And when you saw his chariot but appear, Have you not made an universal shout, That Tiber trembled underneath her banks To hear the replication of your sounds Made in her concave shores? And do you now put on your best attire? And do you now cull out a holiday? And do you now strew flowers in his way That comes in triumph over Pompey''s blood? Be gone! Run to your houses, fall upon your knees, Pray to the gods to intermit the plague That needs must light on this ingratitude. FLAVIUS Go, go, good countrymen, and for this fault Assemble all the poor men of your sort; Draw them to Tiber banks, and weep your tears Into the channel till the lowest stream Do kiss the most exalted shores of all.- Exeunt all the Commoners See where their basest mettle be not moved: They vanish tongue-tied in their guiltiness. Go you down that way towards the Capitol, This way will I: disrobe the images If you do find them decked with ceremonies. MURELLUS May we do so? You know it is the feast of Lupercal. FLAVIUS It is no matter. Let no images Be hung with Caesar''s trophies. I''ll about And drive away the vulgar from the streets; So do you too, where you perceive them thick. These growing feathers plucked from Caesar''s wing Will make him fly an ordinary pitch, Who else would soar above the view of men, And keep us all in servile fearfulness. Exeunt [Act 1 Scene 2] running scene 1 continues Enter Caesar, Antony for the course, Calpurnia, Portia, Decius, Cicero, Brutus, Cassius, Casca, a Soothsayer, after them Murellus and Flavius CAESAR Calpurnia. CASCA Peace, ho! Caesar speaks. CAESAR Calpurnia. CALPURNIA Here, my lord. CAESAR Stand you directly in Antonio''s way When he doth run his course. Antonio! ANTONY Caesar, my lord. CAESAR Forget not in your speed, Antonio, To touch Calpurnia, for our elders say, The barren touch

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The popular Pelican Shakespeare series repackages Julius Caesar, one of Shakespeare's best-loved plays. Incredible, vibrant new covers offer a modern twist. The covers have been featured in Entertainment Weekly and The Atlantic, amongst others. April 2016 marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. The Pelican Shakespeare series has sold almost 2 million copies since its last update in 2002.

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Willilam Shakespeare
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Penguin Books
Pelican Shakespeare (Paperback)
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United States
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A. R. Braunmuller, Stephen Orgel
The Pelican Shakespeare
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