Cato, a Tragedy

By: Joseph Addison
Published By: Double9 Books
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Joseph Addison wrote the play Cato, a Tragedy in 1712, and it was shown for the first time on April 14, 1713. It is based on the events of Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis, often known as Cato the Younger, who lived from 95 to 46 BC and was a Stoic whose actions, speeches, and resistance to Julius Caesar's dictatorship made him an image of republicanism, virtue, and liberty. Themes covered in Addison's play include individual liberty vs tyranny by the government, republicanism versus monarchy, reason versus passion, and Cato's internal fight to uphold his principles in the face of death. Alexander Pope wrote the play's prologue, and Samuel Garth wrote the epilogue. The original cast included Barton Booth as Cato, Theophilus Keene as Lucius, John Mills as Sempronius, Robert Wilks as Juba, Colley Cibber as Syphax, George Powell as Portius, Lacy Ryan as Marcus, John Bowman as Decius, Anne Oldfield as Marcia, and Mary Porter as Lucia. For numerous generations, the play's appeal grew, particularly in the American colonies. Indeed, since many of the Founding Fathers were familiar with it, it was very certainly a literary inspiration for the American Revolution.

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Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician who lived from 1 May 1672 to 17 June 1719. He was The Reverend Lancelot Addison's oldest child. He co-founded The Spectator magazine with his lifelong friend Richard Steele, and their names are frequently paired together when discussing him. The 17th century's quirks and customary classical pictures came to an end with his straightforward literary style. Joseph Addison was an English poet and translator of Virgil's works. He was a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and studied at Charterhouse School, London. In 1693 he addressed a poem to John Dryden, and his first major work, a book of poets' lives, was published in 1694. Lord Halifax sent Joseph Addison along with him as Under-Secretary of State on a diplomatic mission to Hanover, Germany. Between 1709 and 1713, he represented Cavan Borough as an MP in the Irish House of Commons. Addison penned Cato, a Tragedy, his most well-known composition, in 1712. It deals with tensions like individual liberty versus governmental tyranny and is based on Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis' final days.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 69 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 9357271635
  • ISBN-13: 9789357271639
  • Item Weight: 82.8g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 4.3 mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Reading age : 10+
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Fiction / Classics