Romeo and Juliet

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Oxford University Press, 2000 - Drama - 450 pages
This innovative edition of one of Shakespeare's most beloved plays offers modernized texts not only of the 1599 quarto but also of the short, or "bad" quarto of 1597, regarding each as witness to a "mobile text" which changed in composition as Shakespeare wrote it and which has continued to evolve throughout its richly varied history, both in the theatre and in film, television, opera, and ballet. The more familiar 1599 text is accompanied by a detailed explanatory commentary. The Introduction traces the Romeo and Juliet narrative from its origins in myth through its adaptation in the novella, and shows how Shakespeare's transmutation of the story reflects contemporary concerns with love, death, adolescence, and patriarchism.

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User Review  - ChristinPina - LibraryThing

Summary: In Verona there was two enemies known as the Capulets and the Montague who were always fighting. When Romeo had over heard from a Capulet in the market about a party, he and his cousin decide ... Read full review

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User Review  - hitomik - LibraryThing

Romeo and Juliet is a famous love story which is full of sorrow. Though this story made me sad, I enjoyed reading it and was sometimes moved by strong love. This is a short version of the original story, but now I want to read the whole story. Read full review

About the author (2000)

Jill L. Levenson is at Trinity College, University of Toronto.

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