Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

Suggestions for Further Reading

Bloom, Harold, ed. Julius Caesar: Modern Critical Interpretations.New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1992.

In this book, Yale critic Harold Bloom compiles a list of critical essays on Julius Caesar, reflecting a variety of schools of criticism. It also includes notes on the contributing critics and a chronology of the author’s life.

Daniell, David, ed. Julius Caesar: The Arden Shakespeare. New York: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1998.

This is the Julius Caesar section of the famous Arden compilation, which includes the texts of all of Shakespeare’s plays, poems, and sonnets. An introductory essay for the play discusses the contemporary context for the play, its position within the Shakespeare oeuvre, and its subsequent performance history.

EisamanMaus, Katherine. “Julius Caesar.” In The Norton Shakespeare. Edited by Stephen Greenblatt. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1997.

This is the introductory essay for Julius Caesar in TheNorton Shakespeare Compilation, which includes all of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. This essay provides essential context for the play and briefly discusses its performance history.

Nardo, Don. The Importance of Julius Caesar. San Diego: Lucent Books, 1996.

This book is a biographical and historical study of Julius Caesar and his times. From the jacket cover: “Nardo's biography catches the essence of the man and his times. Caesar, in presiding over the death of the Roman Republic, was at times brutal and savage, at other times magnanimous to his enemies.”

———, ed. Readings on Julius Caesar. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1998.

Essays in this reading guide discuss the plot, sources, setting, characterization, and themes of Shakespeare's play.

Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. New Folger Library Edition. Edited by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine. New York: Washington Square Press, 1992.

In this book, the original text of the play is paired with discussions of Shakespeare's life and world, dramatic criticism, and textual commentaries.

———. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: With New and Updated Critical Essays and a Revised Bibliography. Signet Classics Edition. Edited by William and Barbara Rosen. New York: Penguin Books, Inc., 1998.

This book provides the original text of the play as well as an overview of Shakespeare’s life world and theater, a special introduction to the play by the editor, selections from Plutarch’s Lives, dramatic criticism, as well as a comprehensive stage and screen history.


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