Drawing on such unique sources as Thornton Wilder's unpublished letters, journals, and selections from the extensive annotations Wilder made years later in the margins of the book, Tappan Wilder's Afterword adds a special dimension to the reissue of this internationally acclaimed novel.
The Ides of March, first published in 1948, is a brilliant epistolary novel set in Julius Caesar's Rome. Thornton Wilder called it "a fantasia on certain events and persons of the last days of the Roman republic." Through vividly imagined letters and documents, Wilder brings to life a dramatic period of world history and one of history's most magnetic, elusive personalities.
In this inventive narrative, the Caesar of history becomes Caesar the human being. Wilder also resurrects the controversial figures surrounding Caesar Cleopatra, Catullus, Cicero, and others. All Rome comes crowding through these pages the Rome of villas and slums, beautiful women and brawling youths, spies and assassins.
Wilder is on a roll, with several of his titles coming back into print. Heaven's My Destination (1934) offers protagonist George Brush, a traveling salesman attempting to live a virtuous life despite peddling his wares in less than virtuous places. The epistolary Ides of March (1948) retells the tragedy of Julius Caesar through letters among the major players. Both volumes feature new introductions by J.D. McClatchy and Kurt Vonnegut, respectively, along with scholarly notes and a biographical portrait of Wilder. Jump on 'em. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.