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Seller: ancientgifts (4,749) 100%, Location: Ferndale, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 123135494302 Caesar and Cleopatra: A History by Barnard Shaw. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 136 pages. Publisher: A Penguin Book; (1957). From the very onset of his career as a playwright, the irrepressible Shaw was feuding with Shakespeare’s towering reputation. So it made perverse sense for him to reinvent the legendary figures of Caesar and Cleopatra in his 1898 play. Shaw’s “Caesar and Cleopatra” is, of course, vastly different from its prototype. His Cleopatra is not a voluptuous temptress but a vixenish child with a streak of cruelty. His Caesar is a world-weary philosopher-soldier who is as much a stranger in Rome as in the barbaric court of Egypt. In place of grandeur and melodrama, Shaw gives us wit and irony and an undertone of sadness that makes this work the most affecting of his plays. It is an enduring vision of a great man hemmed in by the smallness of his age and by the impossibility of his own longings. CONDITION: New, never read. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin in 1856. Essentially shy, he yet created the persona of “George Bernard Shaw”, the showman, satirist, controversialist, critic, pundit, wit, intellectual buffoon, and dramatist. Commentators brought a new adjective into English: “Shavian”, a term used to embody all his brilliant qualities. After Shaw’s arrival in London in 1876, he became an active Socialist and a brilliant platform speaker. He wrote on many social aspects of the day; on “Commonsense about the War” (1914), “How to Settle the Irish Question“ (1917), and “The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism” (1928). He undertook his own education at the British Museum, and consequently became extremely interested in cultural subjects. Thus his prolific output included music, art and theatre reviews, which were collected into several volumes: “Music in London 1890-1894”, “Pen Portraits and Reviews”, and “Our Theatres in the Nineties”. He wrote five novels and some shorter fiction including, “The Black Girl in Search of God and Some Lesser Tales”, and “Cashel Byron’s Profession”. He constructed a strong attack on the London theatre and was closely associated with the intellectual revival of British theatre. He died in 1950. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: “Caesar and Cleopatra” satirizes Shakespeare's use of history and comments wryly on the politics of Shaw's own time, but the undertone of melancholy makes it one of his most affecting plays. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), one of the most prolific writers of the modern theater, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: In this play, Julius Caesar travels to Egypt and encounters a young and immature Cleopatra. The play tells the story of how Caesar acts as a mentor to Cleopatra, guiding and shaping her into the powerful Queen of Egypt. Unlike other versions of Caesar and Cleopatra in history, Shaw adapts them for his piece. Caesar is portrayed in Shaw's image and untrue to what history may tell, he did not have a sexual relationship with Cleopatra; this was more of a father-daughter relationship. Cleopatra was also portrayed as not being a seductress, which is a common theme for her in other works of literature and films. I liked this play; it has some subtle humor, which was enjoyable. I have also read William Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar', and it was interesting to see the variations in the characters of Caesar. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar', or anyone who maybe at all interested in this book. It was an easy read! REVIEW: A Side of Caesar That You Should See! Julius Caesar is a legendary figure of power that almost all of us are familiar with, and Shaw gives us his perspective of what Caesar was like in his play, “Caesar and Cleopatra”. In this work, Caesar becomes a mouthpiece for Shaw's viewpoints, which in many ways contradicts popular beliefs of Caesar's role as a ruler, his ambition, and his relationship to Cleopatra. Many sources within classical literature depict Caesar as an ambitious, power-hungry ruler that had the potential to become a tyrant. His romantic relationship with Cleopatra has been portrayed in numerous books, articles, and movies for its entertainment value and sex appeal. Shaw portrays Caesar differently. He is seen as wise and rules for the good of Rome, rather than for personal ambition. He comes out as successful, focusing on his strengths and not his downfall. His relationship with Cleopatra is seen more as a father-daughter relationship, rather than one as a lover. He possesses values that contrast with those of other leaders in his time. We can see that Caesar is different and compare the qualities that he possesses with those of other rulers to determine what qualities truly make a good leader. These differences are emphasized, in such a way that Caesar and other Roman leaders seem to come from two different worlds. Caesar sees the misuse of power by other rulers, where they will give way to bribes and participate in war to obtain greater influence and power. Caesar pokes fun at some of the actions and behaviors of the other Romans, which brings humor and spice to the novel. Cleopatra does not seduce or influence Caesar; she is shown to be very naive. Caesar is not influenced by her, but rather acts more as a mentor, trying to shape her and help her to grow. If you have read Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Caesar and Cleopatra is a must-read. It will give you a different perspective of Caesar's character in a comical, enjoyable manner. 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