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by William Shakespeare

Other authors: William Shakespeare (original text), James Thomson (previous adapter)

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A military hero of ancient Rome who attempts to shift from his career as a general to become a candidate for public office -- a disastrous move that leads to his heading an attack on Rome. The last of Shakespeare's tragedies, "Coriolanus" is a timeless tale of pride, revenge, and political chicanery.… (more)
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Good, but sad, story. In back of the book the editor included commentaries: The Story of the Play, Rome in the time of Coriolanus, The Idea of the Play, and Test Questions (for use by the teachers). There is also an Acting Appendix.
Edited by George Green, M.A. ( )
  gmillar | Aug 16, 2023 |
A moral tale, taken by Plutarch to demonstrate the intens patriotic indentity of early Romans, to be contrasted with the career of Alcibiades, the Athenian. Shakespeare uses the opportunity to discuss the role of the ego, in politics, and familial relations. A general well treated for his handling of the sabine war, becomes far too involved in putting forward his own claim to glory. Exiled from his city, he takes service with the other side, and then finds himself returning to his new friends and is then killed by them for retaining his partiality for his native home. 1608 was the probable date of composition. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jun 18, 2023 |
I'd never heard of this play, until the national theatre company broadcast their life production so I could see it in a movie theatre in new Zealand. amazing play, really speaks true about the perils of a soldier returning to wartime. ( )
  zizabeph | May 7, 2023 |
فکر کنم این سیاسی‌ترین نمایشنامه‌ی شکسپیر بود و کاملاً به روابط سیاسی ملت با دولت و اشراف با مردم می‌پرداخت. ( )
  Mahdi.Lotfabadi | Oct 16, 2022 |
Roman Caius Marcius is a successful soldier but a terrible politician. After defeating the Volscians at Corioles and earning a new surname, Coriolanus, the tragic hero refuses to pander to the plebeians and wins their wrath rather than their electoral support of his appointment as consul. As the audience sees how the tribunes Brutus and Sicinius manipulate public opinion to their own ends, Coriolanus does not appear as entirely unsympathetic. ( )
  cbl_tn | Jul 3, 2022 |
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William Shakespeareprimary authorall editionscalculated
Shakespeare, Williamoriginal textsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thomson, Jamesprevious adaptersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barnet, SylvanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bliss, LeeEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bradley, A. C.Criticismsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Braunmuller, A. R.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brooke, C. F. TuckerEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brower, ReubenEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cajander, PaavoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Farjeon, HerbertEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Furness, Horace Howard, JrEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hibbard, George RichardEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holland, PeterEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kemball-Cook, B. H.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Koster, Edward B.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, BlissEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewis, WyndhamCriticismsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parker, R. BrianEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
PlutarchContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schoenbaum, S.Criticismsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Bruce R.Criticismsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Traversi, D. A.Criticismsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Dyke, JoyceCriticismsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Werstine, PaulEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, J. DoverEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wood, StanleyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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This work is for the complete Coriolanus only. Do not combine this work with abridgements, adaptations or "simplifications" (such as "Shakespeare Made Easy"), Cliffs Notes or similar study guides, or anything else that does not contain the full text. Do not include any video recordings. Additionally, do not combine this with other plays.
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A military hero of ancient Rome who attempts to shift from his career as a general to become a candidate for public office -- a disastrous move that leads to his heading an attack on Rome. The last of Shakespeare's tragedies, "Coriolanus" is a timeless tale of pride, revenge, and political chicanery.

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140714731, 0141016493


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