By Charles Boyce
This paintings invitations comparability with the Reader's Encyclopedia of Shakespeare (1966). either supply extraordinary degrees of aspect on almost any point of Shakespeare's existence and artwork. The Reader's Encyclopedia, even though, is now approximately 1 / 4 of a century outdated; it doesn't, for instance, contain entries for Branagh's 1989 movie of Henry V or Joseph Papp, the famous manufacturer, either integrated right here. however it is way broader in scope, together with bibliographies in addition to articles on such figures as Stendahl (author of a booklet on Shakespeare). extra entire, it may possibly nonetheless be the easiest publication at the topic, however it is now out of print. Boyce's paintings is easily performed and lots more and plenty extra present, and it contains many designated entries. it will likely be an invaluable supplement for libraries possessing the Reader's Encyclopedia and a very good addition for those who don't.
Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mich.
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In 1 8 3 3 William Charles MACREADY starred in his version of the play, likewise spectacular, likewise mixed with Dryden, and likewise unsuccessful. Only in 1849 was Shakespeare's original play produced by Samuel PHELPS, who played Antony opposite Isabel GLYN, though it, too, was a commercial failure. In the second half o f the 19th century Antony and Cleopatra increased in popularity, and several productions were ventured, including those of Charles CALVERT (1866), F . B . CHATTERTON ( 1 8 7 3 ) , a n d B e n GREET to be the one adopted by Timon himself in the end.
1 , when, sharing his brother's anger at Don PEDRO and CLAUDIO (1) over their humiliation of HERO, he challenges the two younger men to a duel. His extravagant and blustery rage is somewhat comic, particularly since the audience is aware of the imminent resolution of Hero's dilemma, but it is also touching evidence of Antonio's loyalty to his brother and niece. Antonio, Alonso, and Sebastian are all captured by Prospero, who casts a spell of witless insanity on them; when he releases them from the spell, he takes back his duchy and forgives them their crimes in an atmosphere of reconciliation.
Act 3, Scene 10 Troops from both sides march past; a sea battle is heard. Enobarbus despairs as he sees Antony's flagship retreat, SCARUS reports that just as the battle might have been won by Antony's navy, Cleopatra sailed away from it. Antony followed, and the rest of the fleet followed him. CANIDIUS arrives and confirms the news of defeat. He declares that he will surrender his forces to Caesar. Antony and Cleopatra 25 Act 3, Scene 11 Antony tells his attendants to flee, for he no longer deserves their loyalty.