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This innovative edition of one of Shakespeare's most beloved plays offers modernized texts not only of the 1599 quarto but also of the short, or "bad" quarto of 1597, regarding each as witness to a "mobile text" which changed in composition as Shakespeare wrote it and which has continued to evolve throughout its richly varied history, both in the theatre and in film, television, opera, and ballet. The more familiar 1599 text is accompanied by a detailed explanatory commentary. The Introduction traces the Romeo and Juliet narrative from its origins in myth through its adaptation in the novella, and shows how Shakespeare's transmutation of the story reflects contemporary concerns with love, death, adolescence, and patriarchism.
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. 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.
This innovative edition of Shakespeare's masterpiece offers modernized texts of the short quarto of 1597 and the more familiar quarto of 1599, which is accompanied by detailed explanatory commentary. The Introduction traces the history of the Romeo and Juliet narrative. Illustrated with scenes from film and stage productions.
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THE MOST EXCELLENT AND LAMENTABLE TRAGEDY OF ROMEO AND JULIET
An Excellent Conceited Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (Q1)
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