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The Oxford Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare
Editor Jill L. Levenson

Oxford University Press | March 16, 2000 | Hardcover

The Oxford Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet is rated 4.125 out of 5 by 8.
This edition of one of Shakespeare''s most popular and attractive plays adopts a radically new approach to the text. It offers modernized texts not only of the 1599 ''good'' quarto, but also of the short, or ''bad'' quarto of 1597, regarding each as an independent witness to a ''mobile text'' which changed in composition as Shakespeare wrote it and which has continued to evolve throughout its richly varied performance history, not only in the theatre but also in film, television, opera, and even ballet. The longer and more familiar text, first printed in 1599, is presented along with a detailed explanatory commentary sensitive to both literary and theatrical issues. The earlier, shorter text is annotated only where it differs significantly from the later. In addition to considering issues of performance, the Introduction traces the Romeo and Juliet narrative from its origins in myth through its adaptation in the novella, a form which changed the story in subtle ways as it crossed national boundaries from Italy to France to England. It shows how Shakespeare''s transmutation of the story reflects contemporary concerns with love, death, adolescence, and patriarchism, and illuminates his artistic experimentations with poetry, style, rhetoric, and dramatic form.

Format: Hardcover

Published: March 16, 2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0198129378

ISBN - 13: 9780198129370

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! This is truly amazing ! I loved every second of this! it was amazing and It is truly one of the best love stories ever told!
Date published: 2012-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Graphic Adaptation, True to the Original Reason for Reading: Honestly, I hate Romeo & Juliet; I think it is the stupidest love story ever written, but I won't go into my views on that here. I read this adaptation solely because I was sent a review copy. I've read the play and seen it performed at Stratford Festival so am very familiar with the story and I found this to be a very well-written adaptation, true to the original. Written in modern English, which is how I prefer my Shakespeare. The story is very easy to read and unlike any other Campfire Classics I've read to date, this one had the occasional asterix to explain a perhaps uncommon word. The cover art is very pretty but not representational of the inside art which is illustrated as realistic 16th century Italian life. Well done and attractive. The book begins with a brief bio. of Shakespeare and a cast of main characters page and ends with a two-page spread of did-you-know type facts about Shakespeare, in general, and this play in particular. This is a perfect introduction to the play.
Date published: 2011-08-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh..over rated Everyone is suppose to love Romeo and Juliet. I get it they are two star-crossed lovers. Personally I thought Romeo was a cry-baby. And at 13 can you really know true love?
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from woooowww this is the best book everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Date published: 2009-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Romeo and Juliet I usually do not like abridged books, I feel the original full text should be read and savoured, not a shortened and edited text. That being said, it is important for teens who read the manga versions of Shakespeare to realize that what they are reading is a summarized version. Hopefully the manga adaptation will get teens to seek out the real thing. The artwork and the emotions portrayed by the drawings in the manga version of "Romeo and Juliet" are wonderfully executed. I enjoyed the updated time and place setting of modern day Japan and Shakespeare's bloody and violent play fits right in with the manga culture. It was a fun manga book to read and my teenage daughter enjoyed it (yes, she has read the original and seen the play in theatre). There definitely is a market out there for graphic novels amongst the teen world. The characters are drawn in an appealing, cool, modern and fashionable way. Juliet is beautiful and has great clothes and Romeo is handsome and also has great clothes. It seems shallow, but it is appealing. I guess my biggest fear would be that teens would just read the manga version and feel they have experienced “Romeo and Juliet”. The play needs to be partaken of in a theatre to be fully appreciated and the manga version just does not offer the full meal deal. My hope would be that any manga Shakespeare would encourage readers to seek out the original.
Date published: 2008-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Romantic This book is yet the most romantic and astounding peice of work in its kind.
Date published: 2001-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This book was good, sometime it went on and on but not bad at all
Date published: 2001-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shakespeare for dummies This edition of one of the greatest stories ever told is incredibly clear and concise. I would recommend it to any one who is Shakespeare illiterate. The included side notes and scene previews spell out every aspect of the play.
Date published: 1999-05-01

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The Oxford Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare
Editor Jill L. Levenson

Format: Hardcover

Published: March 16, 2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0198129378

ISBN - 13: 9780198129370

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Introduction s: Editorial Procedures Abbreviations and References THE MOST EXCELLENT AND LAMENTABLE TRAGEDY OF ROMEO AND JULIET An Excellent Conceited Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (Q1) Index

From the Publisher

This edition of one of Shakespeare''s most popular and attractive plays adopts a radically new approach to the text. It offers modernized texts not only of the 1599 ''good'' quarto, but also of the short, or ''bad'' quarto of 1597, regarding each as an independent witness to a ''mobile text'' which changed in composition as Shakespeare wrote it and which has continued to evolve throughout its richly varied performance history, not only in the theatre but also in film, television, opera, and even ballet. The longer and more familiar text, first printed in 1599, is presented along with a detailed explanatory commentary sensitive to both literary and theatrical issues. The earlier, shorter text is annotated only where it differs significantly from the later. In addition to considering issues of performance, the Introduction traces the Romeo and Juliet narrative from its origins in myth through its adaptation in the novella, a form which changed the story in subtle ways as it crossed national boundaries from Italy to France to England. It shows how Shakespeare''s transmutation of the story reflects contemporary concerns with love, death, adolescence, and patriarchism, and illuminates his artistic experimentations with poetry, style, rhetoric, and dramatic form.

About the Author

Jill L. Levenson is at Trinity College, University of Toronto.

Editorial Reviews

`excellent decision to include the whole of the Q1 text as well as Q2'' The Review of English Studies, Vol.52, No.207
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