Romeo and Juliet

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 23, 2011 - Performing Arts - 368 pages
In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a violent world, in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud.

In this death-filled setting, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers' final union in death seems almost inevitable. And yet, this play set in an extraordinary world has become the quintessential story of young love. In part because of its exquisite language, it is easy to respond as if it were about all young lovers.

The authoritative edition of Romeo and Juliet from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, is now available as an eBook.

Features include:

· The exact text of the printed book for easy cross-reference
· Hundreds of hypertext links for instant navigation
· Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
· Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
· Scene-by-scene plot summaries
· A key to famous lines and phrases
· An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language
· Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books
· An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
 

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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

Contents

Editors Preface
ix
Reading Shakespeares Language
xvii
Shakespeares Life
xxvii
Shakespeares Theater
xxxvii
The Publication of Shakespeares Plays
xlix
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
1
Longer Notes
245
A Modern Perspective
257
Further Reading
271
Key to Famous Lines and Phrases
299
Copyright

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William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England’s Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children—an older daughter Susanna and twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare’s working life was spent in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright and poet, but also as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Although some think that sometime between 1610 and 1613 Shakespeare retired from the theater and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616, others believe that he may have continued to work in London until close to his death.

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