Item description for Coriolanus (Arkangel Complete Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare...
The patrician Caius Marcus is Rome's greatest soldier, but he proudly refuses to accommodate himself to the demands of the people. Subtle and complex, Coriolanus pits the desire for absolute power against the need to compromise.
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"He was not of an age, but for all time," declared Ben Jonson of his contemporary William Shakespeare (1564-1616). Jonson's praise is especially prescient, since at the turn of the 17th century Shakespeare was but one of many popular London playwrights and none of his dramas were printed in his lifetime. The reason so many of his works survive is because two of his actor friends, with the assistance of Jonson, assembled and published the First Folio edition of 1623.
William Shakespeare lived in Stratford-Upon-The Avon. William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616.
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Great production of little known Shakespeare play Mar 3, 2007
You can find a summary of the plot elsewhere. As is usually the case with this fine series of CDs and tapes of Shakespeare's plays, this edition is excellent. The actors bring the characters and the plot to life in great intensity.
Now, Coriolanus is not my favorite play by S. It cannot compare with Hamlet, Othello, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar or even with Measure for Measure. So when why do I recommend this edition so strongly? For me, it is fascinating to study the lesser plays, even Two Noble Kinsmen or Henry the 8th, in order to better understand the greater plays.
Also, Shakespeare's language and theatrical genius are so amazing that even Coriolanus offers some great scenes.
Now I would recommend this play also for the character of Coriolanus, who, proves to be, although not attractive in many ways, an admirable character because of his integrity and incredible courage. This is a barbaric, exciting tale of intrigue and murder.