The Ides of March: A Novel

By Thornton Wilder

Drawing on such exact resources as Thornton Wilder's unpublished letters, journals, and decisions from the large annotations Wilder made years later within the margins of the e-book, Tappan Wilder's Afterword provides a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 a superb epistolary novel set in Julius Caesar's Rome. Thornton Wilder known as it "a fantasia on convinced 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 global background and certainly one of history's so much magnetic, elusive personalities.

In this creative narrative, the Caesar of heritage turns into Caesar the person. 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, attractive ladies and brawling youths, spies and assassins.

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