Cleopatra: I Am Fire and Air (Shakespeare's Personalities) by Harold Bloom

By Harold Bloom

From Harold Bloom, one of many maximum Shakespeare students of our time, comes an intimate, clever, deeply compelling portrait of Cleopatra—one of the Bard’s so much riveting and noteworthy girl characters.

Cleopatra is without doubt one of the most famed ladies in history—and because of Shakespeare, some of the most interesting personalities in literature. She is lover of Marc Antony, defender of Egypt, and, might be such a lot enduringly, a champion of lifestyles. Cleopatra is supremely vexing, tragic, and complicated. She has involved readers and audiences for hundreds of years and has been performed via the best actresses in their time, from Elizabeth Taylor to Vivien Leigh to Janet Suzman to Judi Dench.

Award-winning author and liked professor Harold Bloom writes approximately Cleopatra with knowledge, pleasure, exuberance, and compassion. He additionally explores his personal own courting to the nature: simply as we stumble upon one Anna Karenina or Jay Gatsby after we are in highschool and faculty and one other after we are adults, Bloom explains his moving knowing of Cleopatra over the process his personal lifetime. The ebook turns into a very relocating argument for literature as a route to and a degree of our personal humanity.

Bloom is spell binding within the school room, wrestling with the usually tragic offerings Shakespeare’s characters make. With Cleopatra, he grants exhilarating readability and invitations us to examine this personality as a fallacious human who will be dwelling in our international. the result's a useful source from our best literary critic.

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