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Romeo And Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Penguin Publishing Group | May 1, 1998 | Mass Market Paperbound

Romeo And Juliet is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.
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 and Macbeth. 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.


Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 304 pages, 6.88 × 4.25 × 0.66 in

Published: May 1, 1998

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451526864

ISBN - 13: 9780451526861

Found in: Shakespeare, Shakespeare

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite By Shakespeare I know that it's cliché for a woman to be in love with Romeo and Juliet, but I don't care. Even though I wanted to strangle so many characters for being naive, it definately holds a place in my heart. I loved it, loved it, loved it!
Date published: 2010-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Writer, Great Story William Shakespeare is one of the great playwrights of all time. He is known across the world. Arguably the greatest book he ever wrote was "Romeo and Juliet". This past quarter, my entire freshmen class was required to read this classic play. For most of us, it was the first time we had ever read it. "Romeo and Juliet" is about two, "star-cross'd lovers," named Romeo and Juliet, living in the city of Verona. The city of Verona has one, very long lasting feud between the Montague family, and the Capulet family. This is where the problem comes in. With Romeo being a Montague, and Juliet being a Capulet, their love is forbidden. Romeo is convinced by one of his friends, Mercutio, to sneak into a masquerade party held by the Capulets. Romeo is still depressed about breaking up with a girl named Rosaline (who we never hear from once). He continues to be depressed at the masquerade, until he sees Juliet for the first time. It is love at first sight. The same goes for Juliet. After the masquerade, Romeo goes to see Juliet. In most movies this scene takes place with Juliet on a balcony, but the play never mentions anything of a balcony. Romeo and Juliet have a romantic talk with each other. The next day, Friar Lawrence secretly marries the two. This is where the play really takes off. One event after the other occurs that twists the plot. All these events lead up to one of the most well known ending of any play in history. Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is a very well written play. Although the Elizabethan style of writing is difficult to understand, it fits the play fantastically. Some people might think that the plot is not that special and could have been thought up by anyone. That is true in some aspects. Now that we look back on "Romeo and Juliet" and then see all the other love stories written in the past three hundred years, we take this play for granted. The plot is not the most interesting of all time, but I enjoyed it very much. The bottom line of this book is that Shakespeare was able to write a very interesting tragedy, which is what he was trying to do from the beginning. Shakespeare is able to create a plot where everything that occurs, happens for a reason, ending in a very sad, tragic ending. I enjoyed this book very much, and I think any reader will like it also.
Date published: 2009-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Real Love? Everyone thinks that this is the most romantic story ever, but honestly it is not. Juliet is a very gothic character, not knowing what to do with her life. And like all teens, has a secret need to be disobedient to her parents. Romeo is a love sick teenager, who is intrigued by Juliet. Yes, I must admit this play is amazing. Yet, it is not as good as other Shakespeare plays like: Macbeth, Hamlet, and Othello.
Date published: 2006-08-03

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Romeo And Juliet

Romeo And Juliet

by William Shakespeare

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 304 pages, 6.88 × 4.25 × 0.66 in

Published: May 1, 1998

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451526864

ISBN - 13: 9780451526861

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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
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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 Shakespearian Tragedy
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 and Macbeth. 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
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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.

Editorial Reviews

"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."