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This major new edition of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy of love argues that the play is ultimately Juliet’s. It’s richly illustrated introduction looks at the play’s exceptionally beautiful and complex language and focuses on the figure of Juliet as being at its center. Rene Weis also discusses the play’s critical, stage, and film history, including West Side Story and Baz Lurhmann’s seminal film adaptation. This authoritative edition from a leading scholar gives the reader a ...

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Overview

This major new edition of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy of love argues that the play is ultimately Juliet’s. It’s richly illustrated introduction looks at the play’s exceptionally beautiful and complex language and focuses on the figure of Juliet as being at its center. Rene Weis also discusses the play’s critical, stage, and film history, including West Side Story and Baz Lurhmann’s seminal film adaptation. This authoritative edition from a leading scholar gives the reader a penetrating and wide-ranging insight into this ever-popular play.

Like every Arden edition, it includes expertly edited play text and on-page commentary notes discussing issues of staging, theme, meaning, and Shakespeare’s use of his sources to give the reader deep and engaging insights into the play.

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"Rene Weis’s Romeo and Juliet lives up to the high standards of the Arden Shakespeare, with an extensive introduction, expansive editorial glosses, and even a facsimile reproduction of Q1 in an appendix." – Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr., Rice University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903436912
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/15/2012
  • Series: Arden Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 350,998
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

René Weis is a professor of English at University College London and a distinguished editor and biographer of Shakespeare.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations ix

General editors' preface xi

Preface xvi

Introduction 1

Writing love 1

'All the daughters of my father's house' 2

Love's young sweet song: 'an excellent conceited tragedy' 7

Love and literary form 19

Time's winged chariot 24

The dates of first performance and publication 33

Lord Hunsdon's servants and will Kemp at the Curtain (1596-7?) 33

Earth tremors and thirteen-year-old children 36

Nashe's have with you to Saffron Walden (1596) and Romeo and Juliet 39

A Midsummer Night's Dream 41

Sources 43

Brooke's Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet 44

Tybalt, Mercutio and Paris 47

Performing love 52

From London (c. 1596) and Cambridge (c. 1598-1601) to Douai (1694-5) 53

From Garrick (1748) to Berlioz (1839) and Cushman (1845) 60

From Gounod (1867) and Tchaikovsky (1870/80) to Gielgud and Prokofiev (1935) 69

From West Side Story (1957) to Old Pronunciation shakespeare (2004) 77

The age of Zeffirelli (1960-8) 79

Bogdanov and Luhrmann: from Alfa Romeo to Clockwork Orange Shakespeare and beyond (1986-) 85

The texts: Q1 (1597) and Q2 (1599) 94

Nurse's italics and Capulet's Wife's speech prefixes 98

Shakespeare's handwriting and what it has left us 100

Second thoughts: Queen Mab and others 102

From Q1 to Q2 105

Q1's stage directions: a record of performance or 'literary' ornaments? 110

Editorial procedures 115

Romeo and Juliet 117

Appendices 339

1 Q1 and Q4 readings 339

2 Q1 Romeo and Juliet 341

3 Rhyme 418

4 Casting and doubling 421

Abbreviations and references 427

Abbreviations used in notes 427

Works by and partly by Shakespeare 427

Editions of Shakespeare collated 428

Other works cited or used 431

Index 441

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