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Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: The Manga Edition

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Feuding families—the Montagues and Capulets. Star-crossed lovers—Romeo and Juliet. A street brawl and a masquerade ball. Comedy and tragedy. Murder and revenge.  True romance. A secret marriage. A double suicide.

This manga edition features a four-page introduction that sets the stage and a text that’s abridged, but retains Shakespeare’s original language, setting, and time. Packed with action and emotion, it is the ideal way to explore ...

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Overview

Feuding families—the Montagues and Capulets. Star-crossed lovers—Romeo and Juliet. A street brawl and a masquerade ball. Comedy and tragedy. Murder and revenge.  True romance. A secret marriage. A double suicide.

This manga edition features a four-page introduction that sets the stage and a text that’s abridged, but retains Shakespeare’s original language, setting, and time. Packed with action and emotion, it is the ideal way to explore Shakespeare’s timeless themes and appreciate his immortal love scenes.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Reading a comic adaptation of Shakespeare offers students an opportunity to make sense of the rich language using the illustrations. Shakespeare, after all, was meant to be seen not read. Experiencing Shakespeare as a comic is the best substitute to watching the play itself." (The Graphic Classroom, April 12, 2008)
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up -These plays are well organized with clearly identified acts and well-defined visual scenes. While Shakespeare's original language remains intact, much of the dialogue has been left on the cutting room floor. This editing causes some confusion in identifying individuals and following plotlines. It's unfortunate that there's no list of the characters and their relationships for novice Shakespeare readers. Tragic drama is immediately apparent in Macbeth, which has a distinctive dark feel, accentuated by bold lines with strong black-and-white contrast and terse text. Images such as the bloody bodies and Macbeth's hallucinations grip readers. The plotting Lady Macbeth is downright frightening, and readers looking for high drama will find it here. Quotes at the beginning of each act in Romeo and Juliet nicely set the stage for the ensuing drama. For example, the title page for Act I shows Romeo saying "Is she...a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe's debt." In contrast to Macbeth , images appear pale and often with little animation. Many of the secondary characters lack personality and are sometimes drawn without faces. Friar Lawrence wears a similar expression when both picking herbs in Act II and approaching the crypt in Act V. Adaptations by Philip Page and Marilyn Pettit (Barron's) or Lisa Appignanesi (Abrams) have more compelling artwork.-Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470097588
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Edition description: The Manga Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 7.45 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Sexton is author of Master Class in Fiction Writing and editor of the anthologies Love Stories, Rap on Rap, and Desperately Seeking Madonna. He has written on art and entertainment for The New York Times and The Village Voice, and he teaches fiction writing and literature at New York University and critical reading and writing at Parsons School of Design. A graduate of Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

Yali Lin was born in Guang Dong, southern China. She started drawing comics before she knew what they were. At the age of 11, she moved to New York City with her family and read her first comic book in 7th grade. Immediately she fell in love with the endless fantasy worlds you can create in this fast growing medium. Her influences are found in Japanesemanga, mainly Shojo. In May 2006, Yali graduated from the School of Visual Arts with her BFA in Cartooning. She is currently drawing her second book and teaches cartooning classes to young children and teens in NYC.

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Table of Contents

Suiting the Action to the Word: Shakespeare and Manga.

Act I.

Act II.

Act III.

Act IV.

Act V.

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