Cato: A Tragedy, and Selected Essays

Cato: A Tragedy, and Selected Essays - 'Joseph Addison',  'Christine Dunn Henderson',  'Mark E. Yellin',  'Forrest McDonald' [These notes were made in 1983:]. Not sure which edition I read. I found this more sympathetic and more genuinely dramatic than I had expected. Although Cato's stoic virtues, insistence on public over private duties, and somewhat wilful suicide are scarcely likely to appeal to any woman, yet the "private" scenes were handles with considerable skill; each of the young ladies had two male admirers, one of whom had to be despatched; and there was a "treason" plot to give some life to Cato's otherwise rather wooden virtue. In language, metre, etc. the play was very reminiscent of the Shakespearian Roman plays, although without the looser, vernacular scenes which provide such necessary relief. (It's also much shorter).