American Literature

The Ides of March: A Novel

By Thornton Wilder

Drawing on such designated resources as Thornton Wilder's unpublished letters, journals, and choices from the large annotations Wilder made years later within the margins of the e-book, Tappan Wilder's Afterword provides a different measurement to the reissue of this the world over acclaimed novel.

The Ides of March, first released in 1948, is an excellent epistolary novel set in Julius Caesar's Rome. Thornton Wilder known as it "a fantasia on definite occasions and people of the final days of the Roman republic." via vividly imagined letters and records, Wilder brings to lifestyles a dramatic interval of worldwide heritage and one among history's such a lot magnetic, elusive personalities.

In this artistic narrative, the Caesar of heritage 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 ladies and brawling youths, spies and assassins.

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