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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
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> 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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Editorial Reviews

Carol Burbridge
Keep[s] intact the essence of Shakespeare while telling an exciting story that will keep kids' attention.... Highly recommended.
John Warren Stewig
Gets inside the nature and motivations of these adult play characters some might think too remote from children's lives. —Winter 2000
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
The tragic story of Shakespeare's young lovers is eloquently told in story format with language that is accessible to young readers. The age-old quarrel between the Montagues and the Capulets sets the scene and provides the introduction to their children, Romeo and Juliet. The efforts of the Prince of Verona to end the feud is summarized, as is Paris's proposal to marry Juliet when she reaches the age of fourteen. The familiar tale continues with Romeo's uninvited attendance at the Capulet ball and his encounter with Juliet. It includes the interference of Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, and the tragic consequences. Other significant details include the balcony scene, the lovers' secret marriage, and Romeo's banishment. Friar Laurence's well-intended assistance and the disastrous results precede the closing scene of reconciliation of the two warring families. Quotations from Shakespeare's play are interwoven into the story, contributing to the authentic tone of the retelling. Numerous pen and ink drawings accented with pastel colors add to the ethereal mood that pervades overall. A good introduction to this classic piece of literature for young readers not yet ready for the original.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-This timeless tale is retold in clear prose interspersed with quoted dialogue, italicized for easy identification. The well-known elements are here: the feuding families; the love-at-first-sight encounter of the protagonists; their passionate-if-short-lived romance; and the reconciliation brought about by the teens' tragic deaths. Although the text generally flows smoothly, there are problems. Romeo's bemoaning his unrequited love of Rosaline is never mentioned, eliminating the whole premise of him easily transferring his passion from one girl to another. While the language generally suggests the poetry of the original verse, (e.g., "she knew the breath of love"), some of the phrases are oversimplified or too modern in tone. For example, a hotheaded Tybalt mutters, "Just you wait-.You'll pay for this." Later, when Romeo confesses his feelings for Juliet to Friar Laurence, the priest never attempts to urge him to go slowly, as he does in Shakespeare's play. Set in a wash of sepia tones that suggest the rich colors of old Verona, Unzner's watercolor-and-pen illustrations are well executed; however, her technique of overlaying subsidiary characters in penned sketches gives the artwork a somewhat cluttered and unfinished appearance. Furthermore, the quotes that are incorporated into the pictures are often difficult to read and distracting. While Kindermann's accessible version will appeal to a younger and less sophisticated audience than Bruce Coville's version (Dial, 1999), it will not replace his exquisite retelling.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-12-- These three plays have been skillfully abridged by Garfield. His method is to retain Shakespeare's own language but to trim and cut either by giving only the early lines of longer passages, by editing scenes that involve secondary characters, or by cutting some scenes altogether. Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream stand up well. All of the well-known lines and most of the poetry have been saved. Romeo and Juliet is more truncated, but even here not only the basic plot but also the sense of urgency of the two young people's love has been preserved. Unlike the prose retellings of the stories by Charles and Mary Lamb, Marchette Chute, and Bernard Miles, these are shortened versions of the plays themselves, complete with stage directions and waiting to be performed. Fortunate the students whose teachers are willing to become producers. Based on ``The Animated Tales as seen on HBO,'' there are lots of watercolor cartoon sketches throughout, which adds to the appeal for children. Each book begins with a short piece about the theatre in Shakespeare's time, about William Shakespeare, and about the play itself. Companion videos are available (Random House). --Ann Stell, Central Islip Public Library, NY
Booknews
This volume describes the stage history of Shakespeare's . Loehlin's (English, U. of Texas, Austin) extensive introduction examines shifts in interpretation, textual adaptations, and staging innovations over the course of several centuries. The complete text of the play is then presented, along with detailed commentary on how different directors and performers have modified and interpreted it. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451682458
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Series: Folger Shakespeare Library Series
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Annotated
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 219,876
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author



Anthony James West is senior research fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University College, London.
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Act One

SCENE ONE


Verona. A Public Place. Enter Sampson and Gregory, armed with swords and bucklers

sampson. Gregory, o’ my word, we ’ll not carry coals.

gregory. No, for then we should be colliers.

sampson. I mean, an we be in choler, we ’ll draw.

gregory. Ay, while you live, draw your neck out o’ the collar.

sampson. I strike quickly, being moved.

gregory. But thou art not quickly moved to strike.

sampson. A dog of the house of Montague moves me.

gregory. To move is to stir, and to be valiant is to stand; therefore, if thou art moved, thou runnest away.

sampson. A dog of that house shall move me to stand: I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague’s.

gregory. That shows thee a weak slave; for the weakest goes to the wall.

sampson. ’Tis true; and therefore women, being the weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall: therefore I will push Montague’s men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall.

gregory. The quarrel is between our masters and us their men.

sampson. ’Tis all one, I will show myself a tyrant: when I have fought with the men, I will be cruel with the maids; I will cut off their heads.

gregory. The heads of the maids?

sampson. Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maiden-heads; take it in what sense thou wilt.

gregory. They must take it in sense that feel it.

sampson. Me they shall feel while I am able to stand; and ’tis known I am a pretty piece of flesh.

gregory. ’Tis well thou art not fish; if thou hadst, thou hadst been poor John. Drawthy tool; here comes two of the house of the Montagues.

Enter Abraham and Balthasar

sampson. My naked weapon is out; quarrel, I will back thee.

gregory. How! turn thy back and run?

sampson. Fear me not.

gregory. No, marry; I fear thee!

sampson. Let us take the law of our sides; let them begin.

gregory. I will frown as I pass by, and let them take it as they list.

sampson. Nay, as they dare. I will bite my thumb at them; which is a disgrace to them, if they bear it.

abraham. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

sampson. I do bite my thumb, sir.

abraham. Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?

sampson. (Aside to Gregory) Is the law of our side if I say ay?

gregory. (Aside to Sampson) No.

sampson. No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir; but I bite my thumb, sir.

gregory. Do you quarrel, sir?

abraham. Quarrel, sir! no, sir.

sampson. If you do, sir, I am for you: I serve as good a man as you.

abraham. No better.

sampson. Well, sir.

gregory. (Aside to Sampson) Say “better”; here comes one of my master’s kinsmen.

sampson. Yes, better, sir.

abraham. You lie.

sampson. Draw, if you be men. Gregory, remember thy swashing blow. They fight

Enter Benvolio

benvolio. Part, fools! Put up your swords; you know not what you do.Beats down their swords

Enter Tybalt

tybalt. What! art thou drawn among these heartless hinds? Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death.

benvolio. I do but keep the peace: put up thy sword, Or manage it to part these men with me.

tybalt. What! drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee. Have at thee, coward!They fight

Enter several persons of both houses, who join the fray; then enter Citizens, with clubs and partisans

citizens. Clubs, bills, and partisans! strike! beat them down! Down with the Capulets! down with Montagues!

Enter Capulet in his gown, and Lady Capulet

capulet. What noise is this? Give me my long sword, ho!

lady capulet. A crutch, a crutch! Why call you for a sword?

capulet. My sword, I say! Old Montague is come, And flourishes his blade in spite of me.

Enter Montague and Lady Montague

montague. Thou villain Capulet! Hold me not; let me go.

lady montague. Thou shalt not stir one foot to seek a foe.

Enter Prince with his Train

prince. Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace, Profaners of this neighbour-stained steel,— Will they not hear? What ho! you men, you beasts, That quench the fire of your pernicious rage With purple fountains issuing from your veins, On pain of torture, from those bloody hands Throw your mis-temper’d weapons to the ground, And hear the sentence of your moved prince. Three civil brawls, bred of an airy word, By thee, old Capulet, and Montague, Have thrice disturb’d the quiet of our streets, And made Verona’s ancient citizens Cast by their grave beseeming ornaments, To wield old partisans, in hands as old, Canker’d with peace, to part your canker’d hate. If ever you disturb our streets again Your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace. For this time, all the rest depart away: You, Capulet, shall go along with me; And, Montague, come you this afternoon To know our further pleasure in this case, To old Free-town, our common judgment-place. Once more, on pain of death, all men depart. Exeunt all but Montague, Lady Montague, and Benvolio

montague. Who set this ancient quarrel new abroach? Speak, nephew, were you by when it began?

benvolio. Here were the servants of your adversary And yours close fighting ere I did approach: I drew to part them; in the instant came The fiery Tybalt, with his sword prepar’d, Which, as he breath’d defiance to my ears, He swung about his head, and cut the winds, Who, nothing hurt withal, hiss’d him in scorn. While we were interchanging thrusts and blows, Came more and more, and fought on part and part, Till the prince came, who parted either part.

lady montague. O! where is Romeo? saw you him to-day? Right glad I am he was not at this fray.

benvolio. Madam, an hour before the worshipp’d sun Peer’d forth the golden window of the east, A troubled mind drave me to walk abroad; Where, underneath the grove of sycamore That westward rooteth from the city’s side, So early walking did I see your son: Towards him I made; but he was ware of me, And stole into the covert of the wood: I, measuring his affections by my own, That most are busied when they ’re most alone, Pursu’d my humour not pursuing his, And gladly shunn’d who gladly fled from me.

montague. Many a morning hath he there been seen, With tears augmenting the fresh morning’s dew, Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighs: But all so soon as the all-cheering sun Should in the furthest east begin to draw The shady curtains from Aurora’s bed, Away from light steals home my heavy son, And private in his chamber pens himself, Shuts up his windows, locks fair daylight out, And makes himself an artificial night. Black and portentous must this humour prove Unless good counsel may the cause remove.

benvolio. My noble uncle, do you know the cause?

montague. I neither know it nor can learn of him.

benvolio. Have you importun’d him by any means?

montague. Both by myself and many other friends: But he, his own affections’ counsellor, Is to himself, I will not say how true, But to himself so secret and so close, So far from sounding and discovery, As is the bud bit with an envious worm, Ere he can spread his sweet leaves to the air, Or dedicate his beauty to the sun. Could we but learn from whence his sorrows grow, We would as willingly give cure as know.

benvolio. See where he comes: so please you, step aside; I’ll know his grievance, or be much denied.

montague. I would thou wert so happy by thy stay, To hear true shrift. Come, madam, let’s away.Exeunt Montague and Lady

Enter Romeo

benvolio. Good-morrow, cousin.

romeo.Is the day so young?

benvolio. But new struck nine.

romeo.Ay me! sad hours seem long. Was that my father that went hence so fast?

benvolio. It was. What sadness lengthens Romeo’s hours?

romeo. Not having that, which having, makes them short. benvolio. In love? romeo. Out—

benvolio. Of love?

romeo. Out of her favour, where I am in love.

benvolio. Alas! that love, so gentle in his view, Should be so tyrannous and rough in proof.

romeo. Alas! that love, whose view is muffled still, Should, without eyes, see pathways to his will. Where shall we dine? O me! What fray was here? Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all. Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love. Why then, O brawling love! O loving hate! O any thing! of nothing first create. O heavy lightness! serious vanity! Mis-shapen chaos of well-seeming forms! Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health! Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is! This love feel I, that feel no love in this. Dost thou not laugh?

benvolio.No, coz, I rather weep.

romeo. Good heart, at what?

benvolio. At thy good heart’s oppression.

romeo. Why, such is love’s transgression. Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast, Which thou wilt propagate to have it press’d With more of thine: this love that thou hast shown Doth add more grief to too much of mine own. Love is a smoke rais’d with the fume of sighs; Being purg’d, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vex’d, a sea nourish’d with lovers’ tears: What is it else? a madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet. Farewell, my coz.Going

benvolio.Soft, I will go along; An if you leave me so, you do me wrong.

romeo. Tut! I have lost myself; I am not here; This is not Romeo, he’s some other where.

benvolio. Tell me in sadness, who is that you love.

romeo. What! shall I groan and tell thee?

benvolio.Groan! why, no; But sadly tell me who.

romeo. Bid a sick man in sadness make his will; Ah! word ill urg’d to one that is so ill. In sadness, cousin, I do love a woman.

benvolio. I aim’d so near when I suppos’d you lov’d.

romeo. A right good mark-man! And she’s fair I love.

benvolio. A right fair mark, fair coz, is soonest hit.


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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

"A Pair of Star-crossed Lovers" vii

"The Fearful Passage of their Death-marked Love" ix

"These Violent Delights have Violent Ends" xi

About the Text xvi

Key Facts xxiii

Romeo and Juliet 1

Textual Notes 115

Scene-by-Scene Analysis 118

Romeo and Juliet in Performance: The RSC and Beyond 130

Four Centuries of Romeo and Juliet: An Overview 130

At the RSC 141

The Director's Cut: Interview with Michael Attenborough 157

David Tennant on Playing Romeo 166

Alexandra Gilbreath on Playing Juliet 173

Shakespeare's Career in the Theater 180

Beginnings 180

Playhouses 182

The Ensemble at Work 186

The King's Man 191

Shakespeare's Works: A Chronology 194

Further Reading and Viewing 197

References 200

Acknowledgments and Picture Credits 204

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2008

    You should read this

    My class at school just finished a quarter unit on this book/play. Like everyone in my class ended up loving it, although when I first saw it on the syllabus, I groaned and thought "Great, we have to read Romeo and Juliet." I liked it especially the quick, sarcastic and witty dialouge, and paraphrasing. You have to be good at that in order to read this, or NONE of it will make sense at ALL. We also watched the 1968 movie version (don't watch the new one-it's awful). My favorite character in the play was Mercutio!!! he was funny.

    24 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2006

    Difficult but good

    I just finished reading and watching the play Romeo and Juliet for Freshman english. I must say that at first it's hard to understand but if you watch the movie after you read it it makes a lot more sense.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2010

    Meh

    I didn't really enjoy reading this very much. Romeo acts kind of like a girl. I'm not sure of behavior in the Elizabethan era, but it was so over-dramatized. The sexual puns didn't really add much to the story (my English teacher was explaining them. My oh my..) except for humor. Well, Elizabethan humor. Characterization was so strange, I just found it a bit unusual to read. But I do love the movie, if that counts for anything.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2010

    Thrilling!!!

    Romeo and Juliet is a touching/dramatic experience to go through. It's a non-stop book where you can't put it down.

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

    A Great Edition for High School Students

    As an experienced high school English teacher, I always advise my students and their parents to purchase a Folger's edition of Shakespeare's plays. The notes, summaries, and other commentary serve the novice Shakespearean reader well and make the classical allusions and denotations of unfamiliar and common words and phrases from the Elizabethan age much easier for 21st Century readers to understand.

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  • Posted November 25, 2008

    Just What I thought...

    Ok, im sorry.... but this just didnt make any sense to me when we read it in class... good plot, though, i guess...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2007

    Wow...

    What a truly amazing book.I have just finished reading it, and I can't help wondering, 'What would of happened it the Montauges and Capulet's didn't hate each other? Would Romeo and Juliet not end in a tradgedy?'Some of you are either a. blowing the whole book out of proportion or b.didn't understand what the book was about. The reason Juliet drank the potion was because she was already married to Romeo, and wanted to remain a loyal wife. But Romeo misunderstood the message delivered to him, and wanted to also remain loyal to his wife, so he killed himself for her. And when she woke up and there was 'not a drop to help her over' (the poison on Romeo drank) she stabbed herself, once again, being a loyal wife The other reason she did that was that if she 'magically' came back alive to her parents, they'd probably really kill her anyways.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    romio and julliet rocks!

    i think its good. im reading it in my class

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2006

    Classic Love Story

    There is a *reason* this story is considered one of the most classic love stories of all time. This is where knock-knock jokes come from - Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet! It's a fantastic tragedy, one that should be read and treasured, and if you don't like it the first time, do try again. You have to keep in mind while reading it several things. First, it is a play, not a fiction novel. Secondly, it was written in the sixteenth century, and things were much, much different back then. I do love this edition, as it explains much of the Shakespearean English and includes some illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2005

    Decent...

    There are two possible reasons I didn't like this book. 1. I had my expectations too high, 2.It just wasn't that great. I think it was a mix. I think that the book went too fast at some parts and too slow at some. The idea of the story was brilliant, but the story wasn't great or anything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2004

    Westside story is screwy English

    This book is pretty good I must admit, but reading it aloud has been difficult. You should probably invest in a book on Shakespearean English. I often get tounge tied when reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2003

    JUST NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE IT

    Romeo and Juliet is probably a great beginner's book ofr Shakespeare's reader. It describe situations that occurs in our everyday lives. And this book also decoded Shakespeare's language, a lot easier for me. But A Midsummer Night's Dream is still the best Shakespeare I had read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2003

    Love Birds

    This play was very good. In some parts it was hard to understand, but it was very romantic. I would have to say it was a bit boring, but I liked it more than any other play I have read. I recommend that you read this play.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2003

    This play doesn't even deserve a star.

    I have read all of shakespeares plays and although I havnen't enjoyed all of them this one was the worst. Romeo and Juliet is a play about two star crossed lovers more like two spoiled rich kids seeking attention. Throughout the play both characters ignore solid fact and don't think before they act. This book was extremley unrealistic. If Juliet had told her parents that she'd already wed Romeo and the marriage had been consumated then they couldn't do a thing about it. In the end I belive that the parents would have realized that there childrens marriage strenghtens both houses. Both Capult and Montgue were wealthy families and by the joining of there children are now even wealther. So you see why this play was trash in my mind. Although Shakespeare wove the tale extremlly well and does deserve credit for his efforts and the marvelous writting talent that was wasted on a poor story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2002

    Best adaption ever!

    As a high school freshman in a honors class, this is the best Romeo & Juliet Book ever! Next to each page is a list of old engish translations from the text on that page. It is an easy book to read because most of the Old English has been translated for ease of use. But while doing this, it does not destroy the "feeling of the piece." Which is wonderful because I want to read it as Shakepere wrote it. Having all of these side notes is having crib notes built into the book. I feel that this is a must have for every English classroom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2003

    Moving...but not powerful

    The Tragedy of romeo and Juliet is a deeply emotional story, but it is definatly not for people who dont enjoy love stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2002

    Good Book For Beginners

    I was only 15 when I read this book but it really helped me to understand what some of the harder words meant. I plan on digging it out and reading it again. I recommend this book only if you have a good vocabulary and/or are a patient reader. I still had difficulty since not all of the words and meanings of phrases were explained.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2002

    Captivating!

    This story was beautifully and wonderfully created; romance with a tragic twist of irony. Shakespeare speaks with such eloquence in this play. A tragedy that is truly timeless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2002

    Arrgg.. I thought it would be good.

    I bite my thumb at you! Hark! ye is be not the greatest play.. Overdramatic and unrealistic. Desperation and love is all good fun until magic potions get all foom with the fire and the evil and the killin.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2002

    Romeo and Juliet

    I'm not giving this book five stars because if something better ever came along, I'd give that five stars -- but this play is one of the most incredible pieces of writing I've ever read. The flow of the language and powerful descriptions provide the imagination with compelling images.

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