Cover of: Romeo and Juliet | William Shakespeare

Contributors

  • Editor
    G. Blakemore Evans

About the Book

Set during five of the most intensely dramatic days ever portrayed, ROMEO AND JULIET was probably written in 1594 or 1595, and first published in a 1597 edition, as transcribed by actors who had performed it. Other editions appeared later, but even the more authoritative versions, such as that of 1599--probably drawn from Shakespeare's own manuscript copies--lack the detailed stage directions present in the actors' transcription; thus, modern editions incorporate several sources. ROMEO AND JULIET is among the most oft performed of Shakespeare's works, and it has been among the most beloved since its earliest days on the stage. Though the title page of the 1597 edition declares that ROMEO AND JULIET had been performed and enjoyed many times prior to its publication, the first extant direct record of the events of a production refer to a 1662 staging, in which the play was probably adapted or altered--adaption was particularly popular in the 17th century. One London stage ran different conclusions on alternative nights; audiences who went home glum on Friday could be uplifted by the play's ending if they returned on Saturday night. The story of ROMEO AND JULIET was derived by Shakespeare from many sources. The version most contemporary to his own was the 1562 poem "The Tragicall History of Romeus and Iuliet" by Arthur Brooke, which itself was an adaptation of a French piece by Pierre Boaistuau, which Boaistuau had adapted from the Italian. Indeed, aspects of the tragic story have recurred throughout Western literature since at least the third century. Shakespeare greatly intensified the pace by compressing a piece which had unfolded over the course of several months into the space of five days--a period in which much transpires at daybreak, including the famous balcony scene where Romeo declares, "But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?/It is the east, and Juliet is the sun." Romeo is forced to approach Juliet in secret because of the impassioned rivalry between his family, the Montagues--and Juliet's, the Capulets. Despite the intensity of their family's mutual disdain, the young lovers strive to marry. However, fate intervenes to keep them apart, and, when the Montagues and Capulets discover the folly of their ways, it's too late for Romeo and Juliet.

About the Edition

An international team of scholars offers: - modernised, easily accessible texts - ample but unobtrusive academic guidance - attention to the theatrical qualities of each play and its stage history - informative illustations, including reconstructions of early performances
(publisher description)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Abbreviations and conventions
Introduction
Notes on the text
List of characters
The play
Textual analysis
Appendixes
Reading list.

Edition Notes

Series
The New Cambridge Shakespeare
Copyright Date
1984

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
822.3/3
Library of Congress
PR2831.A2 E94 1984

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
xiv, 249 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Number of pages
249

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24279141M
Internet Archive
romeojuliet00shak_2
ISBN 10
0521294053
ISBN 13
9780521294058
LC Control Number
83007776
OCLC/WorldCat
750516037
Goodreads
44567794
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