Mass Market Paperbound
320 pages, 7.2 × 4.5 × 0.85 in
April 26, 2005
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0141012269
ISBN - 13: 9780141012261
Read from the Book
Act OneSCENE ONEVerona. A Public Place. Enter Sampson and Gregory, armed with swords and bucklerssampson. Gregory, o’ my word, we ’ll not carry coals.gregory. No, for then we should be colliers.sampson. I mean, an we be in choler, we ’ll draw.gregory. Ay, while you live, draw your neck out o’ the collar.sampson. I strike quickly, being moved.gregory. But thou art not quickly moved to strike.sampson. A dog of the house of Montague moves me.gregory. To move is to stir, and to be valiant is to stand; therefore, if thou art moved, thou runnest away.sampson. A dog of that house shall move me to stand: I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague’s.gregory. That shows thee a weak slave; for the weakest goes to the wall.sampson. ’Tis true; and therefore women, being the weaker vessels, are ever thrust to the wall: therefore I will push Montague’s men from the wall, and thrust his maids to the wall.gregory. The quarrel is between our masters and us their men.sampson. ’Tis all one, I will show myself a tyrant: when I have fought with the men, I will be cruel with the maids; I will cut off their heads.gregory. The heads of the maids?sampson. Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maiden-heads; take it in what sense thou wilt.gregory. They must take it in sense that feel it.sampson. Me they shall feel while I am able to stand; and ’tis known I am a pretty piece of flesh.gregory. ’Tis well thou art not fish; if thou hadst, thou hadst been poor John. Draw thy tool; here comes two of
From the Publisher
The greatest love story in English, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is a play of star-crossed lovers who take a valiant stand against social convention, with tragic consequences. This Penguin Shakespeare edition is edited with notes by T.J.B. Spencer, and an introduction by Adrian Poole. 'What's in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet' The city of Verona, torn apart by the violent feud between the families of Montague and Capulet, is a powder keg waiting to explode; the Prince of Verona, seeking to restore order, has declared any breach of the peace punishable by death. But for the young Montague Romeo, and his lover, the Capulet Juliet, the enmity of their families is immaterial. Meeting in secret, the two lovers gradually spiral towards disaster as their respective families edge closer towards open warfare. A play that has inspired films as diverse as Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo+Juliet, Romeo and Juliet is a dazzling combination of passion and hatred, bawdy comedy and high tragedy. This book contains a general introduction to Shakespeare's life and Elizabethan theatre, a separate introduction to Romeo and Juliet, a chronology, suggestions for further reading, an essay discussing performance options on both stage and screen, and a commentary. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was born to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden some time in late April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. He wrote some of the most exceptional works of drama ever produced, including Romeo and Juliet (1595), Henry V (1599), Hamlet (1601), Othello (1604), King Lear (1606) and Macbeth (1606), as well as a collection of 154 sonnets, which number among the most profound and influential love-poetry in English. If you enjoyed Romeo and Juliet, you might like A Midsummer Night's Dream, also available in Penguin Shakespeare. 'Romeo was your first "rebel without a cause" ' Baz Luhrmann, director of Romeo+Juliet
From the Jacket
A young man and woman meet by chance and fall instantly in love. But their families are bitter enemies, and in order to be together the two lovers must be prepared to risk everything. Set in a city torn apart by feuds and gang warfare, Romeo and Juliet is a dazzling combination of passion and hatred, bawdy comedy and high tragedy.
About the Author
William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright of the 16th and 17 centuries, now widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the word's pre-eminent dramatist.
"We can more easily decide between Shakespear and any other author, than between him and himself. Shall we quote any more passages to shew his genius or the beauty of Romeo and Juliet? At that rate, we might quote the whole."