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Romeo and Juliet
Synopses & Reviews
The permanent popularity, now of mythic intensity, of Romeo and Juliet is more than justified, writes eminent scholar Harold Bloom, since the play is the largest and most persuasive celebration of romantic love in Western literature.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) based his early romantic tragedy on Arthur Brooke's 1562 poem The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet. Shakespeare's resulting masterpiece, in turn, has inspired countless retellings around the world in mediums that include literature, dance, stage, and screen.
It is Shakespear all over, and Shakespear when he was young, declares William Hazlitt (1778-1830), acclaimed British essayist and critic, in his exuberant Introduction to this Modern Library edition.
Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes, A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life; Whose misadventurid piteous overthrows, Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
From the Hardcover edition.
In a society dominated by religion and bound by ties of strict family loyalty, two teenagers are trapped by their secret love. As a dangerous vendetta spills onto the streets, the young lovers are forced to risk all to be together in Shakespeare's fast-paced tragedy of thwarted love.
Under the editorial supervision of Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, two of today's most accomplished Shakespearean scholars, this Modern Library series incorporates definitive texts and authoritative notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works. Each play includes an Introduction as well as an overview of Shakespeare's theatrical career; commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers; scene-by-scene analysis; key facts about the work; a chronology of Shakespeare's life and times; and black-and-white illustrations.
Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions from the Royal Shakespeare Company set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale and Berg Professor of English at New York University, has authored over twenty books of literary and religious criticism. His recent works include New York Times bestsellers, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, and How to Read and Why. He lives in New Haven and New York.
From the Hardcover edition.
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