Dryden's version of the Antony and Cleopatra story, told as a heroic tragedy. Antony and Octavius Caesar are struggling for control of what was to become the Roman Empire. In the course of this struggle however, Antony and Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, both of whom are lovers and political allies, find that their forces have been defeated at the battle of Actium and the tragedy then plays out from there... The play is set in Alexandria, under siege by Octavius Caesar. Check out our other books at www.dogstailbooks.co.uk
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Although John Dryden the poet is best known for his alexandrine epics, John Dryden the playwright is most honored for this blank verse tragedy. The summit of Dryden's dramatic art, All For Love (1677) is a spectacle of passion as felt, feared, and disputed in the suspicious years following the English Civil War.About the Author:
ohn Dryden ; 19 August [O.S. 9 August] 1631 – 12 May [O.S. 1 May] 1700) was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was made Poet Laureate in 1668. He is seen as dominating the literary life of Restoration England to such a point that the period came to be known in literary circles as the Age of Dryden. Walter Scott called him "Glorious John."
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