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Romeo and Juliet (Barnes & Noble Shakespeare)

by William Shakespeare
Introduction by David Scott Kastan
Editor Mario Digangi

Barnes & Noble Shakespeare | January 25, 2007 | Trade Paperback

Romeo and Juliet (Barnes & Noble Shakespeare) is rated 4.125 out of 5 by 8.

Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, is part of the Barnes & Noble Shakespeare series.  This unique series features newly edited texts prepared by leading scholars from America and Great Britain, in collaboration with one of the world’s foremost Shakespeare authorities, David Scott Kastan of Columbia University. Together they have produced texts as faithful as possible to those that Shakespeare wrote.

 

Each volume in the Barnes & Noble Shakespeare includes:

  • New Scholarship – Premiere scholars introduce each play with contemporary scholarship. An essay on editing the text provides an in-depth look at the quartos and folios used in the edition.
  • Contextualizing Essays – Essays on Shakespeare’s England, language, and life, along with essays on performing Shakespeare and significant performances frame the play in both historical and theatrical context for readers. A look at the lasting influence of the play on music, art, film, and dance creates an interdisciplinary framework with which to approach the play.
  • Better Notes – Through one-word margin definitions, facing-page glosses, and longer end notes after the play, our innovative approach to notes pulls readers away from the text fewer times while providing them with more information and comprehensive analysis.
  • Further Reading – An annotated bibliography of titles, hand-selected by the introduction author, takes readers beyond the edition for further reading.

    When Romeo and Juliet was first performed, its two title characters would have seemed like very unlikely tragic heroes, since they possess no historical importance or political status. The editor, Mario DiGangi, restores the play to its original context, demonstrating in detail how Shakespeare elevated his teenage characters’ plight to make them the most famous tragic couple in literature.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 376 pages, 8 × 5.19 × 0.68 in

Published: January 25, 2007

Publisher: Barnes & Noble Shakespeare

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1411400364

ISBN - 13: 9781411400368

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from RSC Edition is the Best I'll assume most know the Shakespearean tragedy of Romeo & Juliet ~ My recommendation is for the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) editions of the plays. I bought my first RSC edition in Stratford England having just seen Merchant of Venice. I truly appreciated the effort put forth in accurately presenting the play. Great additional information to enhance the reading and understanding of the play as well as the times when written. All put together with some vintage photos in a great binding. Highly recommended edition- RSC.
Date published: 2013-05-20
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 Romeo and Juliet: In Everyday English by Coles Not Finally understand what shakespeare is saying!
Date published: 2005-07-21
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 4 out of 5 by from WASAIII??? This ain' t bad Coles Editorial Board has found written something unique to William Shakespeares "Romeo and Juliet". Perhaps as a modern society our understanding of Shakeperare seems rare. This book has turned Shakespeares classic story into an understandable drama. Good.
Date published: 2000-03-03
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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Romeo and Juliet (Barnes & Noble Shakespeare)

by William Shakespeare
Introduction by David Scott Kastan
Editor Mario Digangi

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 376 pages, 8 × 5.19 × 0.68 in

Published: January 25, 2007

Publisher: Barnes & Noble Shakespeare

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1411400364

ISBN - 13: 9781411400368

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Introduction to Romeo and Juliet by Mario DiGangi   “Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” So familiar is Romeo and Juliet to us that it takes an act of conscious will to imagine a time when Juliet’s question was not a cliché. In its immediate dramatic context, Juliet’s question is the spontaneous, tentative, and private expression of a young woman’s burgeoning erotic desire. It also serves to confirm Juliet’s true feelings for Romeo, who overhears her confession from beneath her window. Yet in our own time, Juliet’s anguished question is repeated again and again in the classroom, on the stage, and in popular culture as part of an enduring myth of romantic love associated with Shakespeare’s play. As a result, we are perhaps far more likely to regard “Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” as something that Shakespeare, rather than Juliet, said. Detached from its dramatic context, Juliet’s question can be taken as a prime example of the Bard’s romantic lyricism, or, less reverently, as a piece of romantic sentiment irresistibly ripe for burlesque—perhaps most memorably in Bugs Bunny’s absurdly exaggerated, cross-dressed performance of Juliet’s passion. The modern understanding of Romeo and Juliet as archetypical tragic lovers has been shaped by centuries of performance history and critical commentary, and, more recently, by popular movies and secondary school curricula. Yet El
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From the Publisher

Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, is part of the Barnes & Noble Shakespeare series.  This unique series features newly edited texts prepared by leading scholars from America and Great Britain, in collaboration with one of the world’s foremost Shakespeare authorities, David Scott Kastan of Columbia University. Together they have produced texts as faithful as possible to those that Shakespeare wrote.

 

Each volume in the Barnes & Noble Shakespeare includes:

  • New Scholarship – Premiere scholars introduce each play with contemporary scholarship. An essay on editing the text provides an in-depth look at the quartos and folios used in the edition.
  • Contextualizing Essays – Essays on Shakespeare’s England, language, and life, along with essays on performing Shakespeare and significant performances frame the play in both historical and theatrical context for readers. A look at the lasting influence of the play on music, art, film, and dance creates an interdisciplinary framework with which to approach the play.
  • Better Notes – Through one-word margin definitions, facing-page glosses, and longer end notes after the play, our innovative approach to notes pulls readers away from the text fewer times while providing them with more information and comprehensive analysis.
  • Further Reading – An annotated bibliography of titles, hand-selected by the introduction author, takes readers beyond the edition for further reading.

    When Romeo and Juliet was first performed, its two title characters would have seemed like very unlikely tragic heroes, since they possess no historical importance or political status. The editor, Mario DiGangi, restores the play to its original context, demonstrating in detail how Shakespeare elevated his teenage characters’ plight to make them the most famous tragic couple in literature.

About the Author

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare
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