Mass Market Paperbound
304 pages, 6.88 × 4.25 × 0.66 in
May 1, 1998
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0451526864
ISBN - 13: 9780451526861
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
Table of Contents
Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare - Edited by J. A. Bryant, Jr. Samuel Johnson: From
The Plays of William Shakespeare
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: From
The Lectures of 1811-1812, Lecture VII
H. B. Charlton: From
Michael Goldman: ?Romeo and Juliet?: The Meaning of Theatrical Experience
Susan Snyder: Beyond Comedy: ?Romeo and Juliet?
Sylvan Barnet: ?Romeo and Juliet? on the Stage and Screen
NEWLY ADDED ESSAYS:
Marianne Novy: Violence, Love, and Gender in ?Romeo and Juliet?
From the Publisher
Joining Bruce Coville
's earlier prose adaptations of Shakespeare's plays is this picture book treatment of the Bard's most popular work ever. The tender story of the young star-crossed lovers from warring families, Romeo and Juliet
has moved audiences to tears for four hundred years. And Coville tells it in a way that will surely whet the appetite of young audiences, who will then find even greater enjoyment in the original. As with his earlier adaptations, Coville expertly combines his own dramatic language with key lines from the play. Dennis Nolan,
who illustrated Coville's version of A Midsummer Night's Dream,
contributes stunning paintings, including a gatefold of the famous balcony scene. In addition to A Midsummer Night's Dream,
which Publishers Weekly
called "A first rate entree to the Bard," Coville also retold The Tempest
Of the latter, School Library Journal
said, "Coville's muscular sentences, full of dramatic word choices, make this a good read-aloud." Both Macbeth
and A Midsummer Night's Dream
were honored as ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults.
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
From Our Editors
A poisonous toast to romance and eternal love, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet has been thrilling readers and theatregoers for nearly 500 years. It tells the tale of two lovers who hold close whilst the outside world tries to tear them apart. It is a romantic tragedy of great literary import, setting the tone for drama for years to come. This Signet Classic edition features a clear original text adorned by the most relevant notes, criticisms, history and commentaries. It makes for a full reading experience that revitalizes this powerful story.
"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."