Romeo and Juliet

Kobo ebook | August 25, 2009

byWilliam Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate, Eric Rasmussen

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"The permanent popularity, now of mythic intensity, of Romeo and Juliet is more than justified," writes eminent scholar Harold Bloom, "since the play is the largest and most persuasive celebration of romantic love in Western literature."

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) based his early romantic tragedy on Arthur Brooke's 1562 poem The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet. Shakespeare's resulting masterpiece, in turn, has inspired countless retellings around the world in mediums that include literature, dance, stage, and screen.

"It is Shakespear all over, and Shakespear when he was young," declares William Hazlitt (1778-1830), acclaimed British essayist and critic, in his exuberant Introduction to this Modern Library edition.

"Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventuríd piteous overthrows, Do with their death bury their parents' strife."
--Prologue

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"The permanent popularity, now of mythic intensity, of Romeo and Juliet is more than justified," writes eminent scholar Harold Bloom, "since the play is the largest and most persuasive celebration of romantic love in Western literature."William Shakespeare (1564-1616) based his early romantic tragedy on Arthur Brooke's 1562 poem The Tr...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 25, 2009Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1588368416

ISBN - 13:9781588368416

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good starter This is the perfect play to start with when being introduced to Shakespeare... its easy to follow and get use to the language used
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic Classic must read love story - might take some time to read though... #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Writing This play contains some of S most poetic and beautiful writing - Queen Mab alone takes the cake. Sure the plot's a bit far-fetched, but most drama is. One of S's best for sure.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Writing This play contains some of S most poetic and beautiful writing - Queen Mab alone takes the cake. Sure the plot's a bit far-fetched, but most drama is. One of S's best for sure.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Writing This play contains some of S most poetic and beautiful writing - Queen Mab alone takes the cake. Sure the plot's a bit far-fetched, but most drama is. One of S's best for sure.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't enjoy it We read this in 9th grade. It was a tragedy but I dislike this play. I like the book cover and the illustrations though. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It Althougb Romeo and Juliet were teenagers, the tragedy was really saddening to read. The book really helps you to gain a better understanding of the characters and the line by line translation gave me the play in English, which was really helpful.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seriously Is this S's best play? I think so, at least for language and poetry. Lear is more tragic, Hamlet more sophisticated, Macbeth is more intense, but this is ... beyond words.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book!! I enjoyed reading this book even though it has a tragic ending.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic of classics A classic book; I know we are all forced to read it in school, now time to read it on your own!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this im abou to buy this so ;)
Date published: 2015-07-06
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