Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library Series)

Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library Series)

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Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library Series) by William Shakespeare

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, includes:

-Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
-Newly revised explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
-Scene-by-scene plot summaries
-A key to the play’s famous lines and phrases
-An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language
-An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
-Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books
-An up-to-date annotated guide to further reading

Essay by Gail Kern Paster

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit Folger.edu.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671722852
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication date: 08/01/1992
Series: Folger Shakespeare Library Series
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.74(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

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.

Barbara A. Mowat is Director of Research emerita at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Consulting Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, and author of The Dramaturgy of Shakespeare’s Romances and of essays on Shakespeare’s plays and their editing.

Paul Werstine is Professor of English at the Graduate School and at King’s University College at Western University. He is a general editor of the New Variorum Shakespeare and author of Early Modern Playhouse Manuscripts and the Editing of Shakespeare and of many papers and articles on the printing and editing of Shakespeare’s plays.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MMLovejoy More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is a romantic and tragic story. The story is very emotional and intriguing. It takes place in Verona, Italy where two families the Montague's and Capulet's have a big feud against each other. The story begins as one of the main character Romeo from the Montague family is sad because he loves a girl but she doesn’t love him. After a short time he quickly falls in love with Juliet from the Capulet family. Romeo and Juliet end up getting married secretly. The two families feud escalates as the story goes on. Romeo is banished from Verona due to him killing a Capulet. Juliet becomes very unhappy with her family and goes to friar Lawrence, the priest, for help. They devise a plan to get Juliet and romeo back together. Romeo was suppose to receive a letter from the Friar, but didn't receive it. This causes a tragic event to occur. In the end tragedy to both families end up breaking the feud.
Tallkid More than 1 year ago
The book “Romeo and Juliet” by Shakespeare is a romantic and tragic story, it is when two lovers fall in love in first sight. The only bad thing is that they can’t be together since their families the Capulets and Montagues are in a blood feud which states that they can’t be together. The boy Romeo is a Montague and the girl Juliet is a Capulet. So throughout the book Romeo wants to marry Juliet but bad things went out of hand after. A guy which is a Capulet named Paris wants to marry Juliet but she denies him but she has to. So her and a man that she knows made a plan she won’t marry Paris, and try to marry Romeo but things went completely wrong after. Reading this book will show some emotion to love and will lead to tears at the end. So I would recommend this book.
jc149 More than 1 year ago
“Romeo and Juliet” written by Shakespeare is a very romantic adventurous tragedy which will take you on an adventure and leave you with tears. The main characters Romeo and Juliet are lovers but their families have a big feud with each other and don’t get along. Romeo is a teen with a vibrant attitude but is very fragile when it comes to love. Juliet is a woman who is forced to get married to someone she doesn’t like but tries to find love and a husband in Romeo. The two families the Montagues were Romeo is from and the Capulets were Juliet is from are enemies and have had a long lasting feud for all the time they could remember. Romeo and his Juliet must find a way to keep their relationship a secret from their families so no punishment will come to them and they must find a way to bring peace to their families. Thus this is the plot of Romeo and Juliet. This book is very appealing if you’re in a relationship with someone your family doesn’t approve and this will also appeal to you if you have someone you loved taken away from you. This will give more emotion to your sad side and your peaceful side.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it and am reading it in english. My english teacher gave us all parts and we are over doing it especially Dustin who got Mercutio.
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