March 16, 2000
Oxford University Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0198129378
ISBN - 13: 9780198129370
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Abbreviations and References
THE MOST EXCELLENT AND LAMENTABLE TRAGEDY OF ROMEO AND JULIET
An Excellent Conceited Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (Q1)
From the Publisher
This edition of one of Shakespeare's most popular and attractive plays adopts a radically new approach to the text. It offers modernized texts not only of the 1599 'good' quarto, but also of the short, or 'bad' quarto of 1597, regarding each as an independent witness to a 'mobile text' which
changed in composition as Shakespeare wrote it and which has continued to evolve throughout its richly varied performance history, not only in the theatre but also in film, television, opera, and even ballet. The longer and more familiar text, first printed in 1599, is presented along with a
detailed explanatory commentary sensitive to both literary and theatrical issues. The earlier, shorter text is annotated only where it differs significantly from the later.
In addition to considering issues of performance, the Introduction traces the Romeo and Juliet narrative from its origins in myth through its adaptation in the novella, a form which changed the story in subtle ways as it crossed national boundaries from Italy to France to England. It shows how
Shakespeare's transmutation of the story reflects contemporary concerns with love, death, adolescence, and patriarchism, and illuminates his artistic experimentations with poetry, style, rhetoric, and dramatic form.
About the Author
Jill L. Levenson is at Trinity College, University of Toronto.
`excellent decision to include the whole of the Q1 text as well as Q2'
The Review of English Studies, Vol.52, No.207