128 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.71 in
December 17, 1998
Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1557832943
ISBN - 13: 9781557832948
From the Publisher
(Applause Books). If there has ever been a groundbreaking edition that likewise returns the reader to the original Shakespeare text, it will be THE APPLAUSE FOLIO TEXTS. If there has ever been an accessible version of the Folio, it is this edition, set for the first time in modern fonts. The Folio is the source of all other editions. The Folio text forces us to re-examine the assumptions and prejudices which have encumbered over four hundred years of scholarship and performance. Notes refer the reader to subsequent editorial interventions, and offer the reader a multiplicity of interpretations. Notes also advise the reader on variations between Folios and Quartos. Prepared and annotated by Neil Freeman, Head, Graduate Directing Program, University of British Columbia.
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
Looking at the Folio text edition of Shakespeare's The Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet is like seeing the play in a whole new light. Actors, directors and scholars are heralding the return of the Folio which brings the reader closer to the real Shakespeare by revealing his work in all of its original splendour. Available for the first time in modern reading fonts, The Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet can now be appreciated in its raw form, with the influences and interpretations of more than 400 years removed. The Folio text of this play, as well as much of Shakespeare's portfolio, has been painstakingly prepared and annotated by scholar Neil Freeman.