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The Ides of March: A Novel by Thornton Wilder

By Thornton Wilder

Drawing on such targeted assets as Thornton Wilder's unpublished letters, journals, and decisions from the broad annotations Wilder made years later within the margins of the booklet, Tappan Wilder's Afterword provides a distinct measurement to the reissue of this across the world acclaimed novel.

The Ides of March, first released in 1948, is a superb epistolary novel set in Julius Caesar's Rome. Thornton Wilder referred to as it "a fantasia on sure occasions and individuals of the final days of the Roman republic." via vividly imagined letters and files, Wilder brings to existence a dramatic interval of worldwide historical past and certainly one of history's so much magnetic, elusive personalities.

In this artistic narrative, the Caesar of background turns into Caesar the individual. Wilder additionally resurrects the arguable figures surrounding Caesar -- Cleopatra, Catullus, Cicero, and others. All Rome comes crowding via those pages -- the Rome of villas and slums, appealing girls and brawling youths, spies and assassins.

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0, horrible idea, indeed! to possess noble souls aspiring after high and honorable acquirements, yet confined by the chains of ignorance and poverty to lives of continual drudgery and toil. Neither do I know of any who have enriched themselves by spending their lives as house-domestics, washing windows, shaking carpets, brushing boots, or tending upon gentlemen's tables. I can but die for expressing my sentiments; and I am as willing to die by the sword as the pestilence; for I am a true born American; your blood flovvs in my veins, and your spirit fires my breast.

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