The Oxford Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

The Oxford Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Hardcover | March 16, 2000

byWilliam ShakespeareEditorJill L. Levenson

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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' whichchanged 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 adetailed 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 howShakespeare'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.

The Oxford Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

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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' whichchanged in composition as Shakespeare wrote i...

Jill L. Levenson is at Trinity College, University of Toronto.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:March 16, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198129378

ISBN - 13:9780198129370

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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
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Date published: 2009-02-18

Extra Content

Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsIntroductions: Editorial ProceduresAbbreviations and ReferencesTHE MOST EXCELLENT AND LAMENTABLE TRAGEDY OF ROMEO AND JULIETAn Excellent Conceited Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (Q1)Index

Editorial Reviews

`excellent decision to include the whole of the Q1 text as well as Q2'The Review of English Studies, Vol.52, No.207