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Tragedy Of Coriolanus, The
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Perhaps the most brilliant political play ever written, Coriolanus is a gripping psychological study of the relationship between personality and politics, and its Roman hero one of the most memorable Shakespeare ever created. The introduction to this new edition offers the first full stage
history and analysis of the original production of Coriolanus at the Blackfriars theater, and also examines Shakespeare's adaptation of his historical material while emphasizing the wide range of interpretations that are possible in performance.
From the Publisher
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From the Back Cover
Coriolanus (c. 1608) is Shakespeare's last tragedy, unfolding the career and death of a brilliant and arrogant Roman general. In his loathing for the populace he refuses the ceremonies that attend the consulship, and is ejected from the city by the mob. He revenges himself by allying with Rome's enemies; and only through the intervention of his domineering mother does he spare Rome - a compromise rewarded by his own death. A study of civic virtue and the extremities of pride, Coriolanus offers an ambiguous portrait of heroic purity and popular vulgarity.
About the Author
Brian Parker is Professor of English, Trinity College, University of Toronto.
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