Romeo and Juliet (Naxos Classic Drama)

Romeo and Juliet (Naxos Classic Drama)

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by William Shakespeare

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Romeo and Juliet is the play which, in English literature at least, effectively invented the modern love story. Its charm and its power derive from the romantic setting (Verona, an Italian Renaissance city), the youthful innocence and ardour of the lovers, and (perhaps crucially) the excitement and drama created by the opposition which they have to contend with…  See more details below


Romeo and Juliet is the play which, in English literature at least, effectively invented the modern love story. Its charm and its power derive from the romantic setting (Verona, an Italian Renaissance city), the youthful innocence and ardour of the lovers, and (perhaps crucially) the excitement and drama created by the opposition which they have to contend with, an opposition which does not simply stem from the older generation but which is starkly present in the feud between their two families and which seems to be supported by the malignity of Fate. The wit, tenderness, dramatic variety and poetic beauty of this play continue to work their spell: it has proved a perennial favourite inspiring, even in our century, works such as the musical West Side Story.

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Naxos Classic Drama Series
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Unabridged, 3 CDs, 2 Hours 50 Minutes
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5.78(w) x 4.96(h) x 0.97(d)

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was born in Stratford-upon-Avon where his father was a prosperous glover. His early life is obscure, but he married Anne Hathaway in 1682 with whom he had two children. By 1592 he was establishing himself in London, and over the next twenty years he wrote thirty-seven plays-and contributed to many more-was a prolific poet, and was taken up by several influential patrons. His Sonnets were first printed in 1609 by George Eld for Thomas Thorpe. The identity of Mr. W.H. to whom the Sonnets are dedicated remains a mystery, as does the identity of the aristocratic youth in the Sonnets and the enigmatic Dark Lady.

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Romeo and Juliet (Pelican Shakespeare Series) 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 181 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in High School, and we used this edition in class, and it was extremely helpful. Not only is it very clear to read, explains well the words you don't know, but it also gives an indepths explanations, on the puns, and etc. which enchances your understanding of the play and your reading experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I firmly believe that Romeo and Juliet is something everyone should read in their lifetime. It's a beautiful love story and though, yes, it all happened really quickly, it added to the passion of the whole thing. I will always, always, love this play, and I would reccomend it to anyone looking for a great and tragic love story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a good book, but I needed some explanation on the difficult Shakespearean dialect. I liked the plot and the characters, the only thing was that this story was a legend of sorts that Shakespeare simply wrote down; it wasn't his original idea. Other than that, I thought that it was well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Numerated footnotes and explanations on the opposite page made the text easy to follow. My only little complaint is that the tiny font of this series got annoying sometimes. To enlarge it on the nook color, you have to enlarge the page, which becomes bothersome when you have to swipe back-and-forth from one line to the next. All in all, a good version of Romeo and Juliet, whether for the scholar or casual reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Romeo and Juliet twice; once on my own and once for my freshman English class. It's a little bit hard to understand (make sure you get a copy with footnotes on old language), but an okay story in the end. I love the ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Superior production of Romeo and Juliet. While entire cast was excellent, the Juliet actress brought new insight into this famous character with her confident yet understated performance. No melodrama, no unnecessary sound effects; the poetry of Shakespeare's language was performed as pure literary entertainment with great intelligence and depth. Looking forward to listening to more plays in the Arkangel series. Highly recommended for ages 17 and up.
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Not a huge fan of the size, but the binding is simply beautiful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a time-saver for sure and will spare students a great deal of confusion. The layout is great, will help introduce younger readers to Shakespeare in a way they can relate to. Even Shakespeare veterans will learn a lot through helpful comments in the text (e.g., definitions, performance notes, historical commentary), although the tone is slightly patronizing. 
TgraziadeiTG More than 1 year ago
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in American Lingo It can’t be disputed that there is no substitute for the classic Shakespeare work, Romeo and Juliet. According to the book, Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare made clear by Garamond Press, other versions of this story existed before Shakespeare wrote his, and certainly this story moved through time with other versions . These included the 1957 West Side Story musical stage production and the 1961 film which garnered the Academy Award for best picture. This book offers a wealth of information about the history of the era, the traditions and customs of the times, the previous and post versions of Shakespeare work, a synopsis of the play, summaries of each act, explanations of the way the language was used, and a full translation of every set of lines into the American vernacular. This book is an excellent tool for any student assigned to read this work, and for anyone else who really wants to know what the characters in this story are saying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this guide to Romeo and Juliet to be extremely useful. It eliminates the language barrier of a few hundred years or so and allows for a clear and complete understanding of the play.  For me, the layout was most helpful. The old text is broken up into small fragments with the modern translation directly below it, allowing me easy transitions between the two translations. Another benefit is the definitions and explanations offered of words and phrases. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book caught my attention from the very beginning. It opens with a mini history lesson about Shakespeare, his plays, and the people who acted in and watched his plays. I was able to read this book very quickly because of the way Shakespeare’s words are translated into modern English on the same page as the old English. I understand the story a lot more now! This book would be great for someone in school who is studying the story of Romeo and Juliet, and for those of us who have read it and needed a little more help understanding some of the phrases.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare Made Clear carefully breaks down Shakespeare’s tragedy into a language that modern readers can understand. It’s a helpful read if you’ve never read Shakespeare before or need a good refresher. The book also provides some interesting information about Shakespearean times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In providing line-by-line “translations” as well as definitions, this edition of “Romeo and Juliet” thoroughly conveys meaning and context. Regardless of how each individual approaches reading this play, there are many rich attributes in this edition that contribute to a full understanding, including mini introductions to every act; commentary on staging and historical context; and useful summaries and insight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Garamond Press has a hit. Having updated English next to the old is a huge advantage to the modern reader. This is ideal for students, or for someone who hasn't read Shakespeare or has trouble understanding his antiquated diction. The story of Romeo and Juliet is finally put into our modern love language, and all ages will be able to understand its deeper messages more clearly. Highly recommend.
BrittanyA More than 1 year ago
I have read the story of Romeo and Juliet in the past. Reading this book has given me a whole new understanding. Explaining the language used in a more engaging manner, a historical approach, it helped make the story more comprehensible. This is definitely worth reading if you want to gain a full understanding and get a better feel for that time period.
VanessaS83 More than 1 year ago
Your secret weapon to unraveling the meanings behind Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet is now within reach! Sometimes just in reading the written work by itself, we tend to miss so much of the meanings and the references and allusions hidden in between the lines. Without a modern day guide, we are only reaching half our potential for drawing as much as we can from Shakespeare’s timeless work. This accompanying guide to Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet let’s you access the play very easily by presenting the original text side by side with the modern day translations. With everything from explanations of key phrases to decoding olden day colloquialisms, you won’t miss a beat with this guide!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember my first encounter with Romeo and Juliet and some of the utter confusion that followed! This book has allowed my second reading to be much more comprehensible and fun. I would highly recommend to anyone struggling with the old world language of Romeo and Juliet.
RSBrown12 More than 1 year ago
This version of Romeo and Juliet supplies readers with appendices of historical context, dramatic structure, character sketches, and major themes throughout the play. Most helpfully, it provides readers with line-by-line contemporary translations of the text, including explanations of phrases and references particular to Shakespeare’s time. If you’re someone who has previously struggled with Shakespeare, Shakespeare Made Clear is a great version to read, as it truly does make Shakespeare clear!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great idea to have the original Romeo and Juliet and then to include the translation into modern language on the same page. It’s been 20 years since I’ve read Shakespeare and I thought I had a good understanding but this guide provided more insight and enjoyment of this play. If you have school-age kids, get this book. This guide is helpful if you’re a student, teacher or parent and you need a little help to understand all the nuances of Shakespeare and Elizabethan English.
VictoriaERDeRosa More than 1 year ago
Welcome back to school for all you students out there, and non students alike. This comprehensive accompanying guide with scene by scene play, pun indented, and short detailed summary of each act, including 21st centaury translations directly below the character lines for comprehensive understanding, is a true steal for its usefulness as well as that A in class. You will absolutely want to purchase Romeo and Juliet ( Shakespeare Made Clear) published by Garamond Press for a full understanding of the play with absolute ease. This read covers rhyme patterns, character development, as well as topics on the generational growth of the story of Romeo and Juliet. From the story line that pre dates Shakespeare all the way to the mentions of West Side Story. The history included in this story is detailed and informative for such a short read. Any one who has to read this play or is reading just out of pure enjoyment of Shakespeare will get the worth of this cliff notes like book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let’s face it, Romeo and Juliet is definitely not the easiest story to understand—especially if you’re trying to cram in all of the scenes before a final exam. That’s where this book comes in. The author incredibly translates every line of every scene into a language that anyone born in this century can easily understand. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in getting a better feel for the play than they originally had. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you’re looking for an ideal accompanying guide to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet then look no further than this complete guide called Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare Made Clear. Almost everyone growing up has had to read this classic and though many people have enjoyed it there seems to be a consistent complaint about Shakespeare’s Elizabethan English which looks and sounds like a foreign language to modern eyes and ears. That’s where the Shakespeare Made Clear accompanying guide comes in. Every line of Shakespeare’s text is translated into modern language and understanding making this an ideal and enjoyable guide to the famous as well as important timeless story.
MelodyR2013 More than 1 year ago
If you have ever attempted the arduous task of tackling Shakespeare on your own and have given up because you don’t understand a word that he’s written, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Made Clear) is the book for you. Although the book’s primary goal is to translate the play’s original language into modern terms that are easily understood by everyone, it offers so much more. There are thorough synopses of each act and the entire play, a timeline history of the story itself and its various stage and movie productions, in depth character descriptions, an analysis of the major themes in the play, and a section about the author’s life and works. As a bonus, helpful footnotes appear after the original passages and modernized passages that explain jokes, proverbs, or historical references that might not otherwise be understood by today’s audience. This is a must have read for students or anyone who wants to enjoy and understand one of Shakespeare’s greatest works.