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Romeo and Juliet (Penguin Shakespeare) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Apr 2005

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (7 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141012269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141012261
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.8 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We can more easily decide between Shakespear and any other author, than between him and himself. Shall we quote any more passages to shew his genius or the beauty of Romeo and Juliet? At that rate, we might quote the whole."

About the Author

William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright of the 16th and 17 centuries, now widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the word's pre-eminent dramatist.

Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor of the University of Birmingham and Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Adrian Poole is Reader in English & Comparative Literature and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. His publications include Shakespeare and the Victorians and Tragedy: Shakespeare and the Greek Example.


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Penguin editions are my favourite as they are compact enough for a coat pocket, well-annotated at the back so the pages are devoted entirely to the text and are thus distraction-free, and usually come with an illuminating introduction that doesn't fall off the precipice of tosh that some Shakespeare scholars, straining for cleverness, feel the need to push us over. Adrian Poole, a Cambridge don, does the honours here with great aplomb and insight. What's the story about? Oh, come on now; but the play is exciting, violent, intensely poetic, intelligent (philosophy often isn't best expounded by philosophers) and shows us how intimately sex and death are related. One (pro)creates the other and we're all bound by the rules that apply in between. These young people flout the rules and each of us will feel differently about whether they get their just desserts or not, which is presumably one of the points. Peerless stuff.
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"Passion, hatred, comedy & high tragedy" it says on the back. Star crossed lovers, balconies and funny costumes really got the cobwebs blown out of it when Baz Luhrman took on the project in film version - to unfortunate critical failure, and now the books are trying to shake themselves up to reflect modern readers requirements and expectations similarly by "Bringing Shakespeare to life for a new generation".

This series of 32 books was part of a relaunch by Penguin in 2005, covering most of the well known and lesser known plays by Mr Will. With this publisher you get "accessible & authorative version" & the most up to date critical interpretations according to Penguin, who are renound for this kind of work so you can rely upon it. They're not that expensive either considering what you're getting (a lot in addition and the name) and they stand out as probably the best all round option.

Outside they have newly designed modern covers, appealing maybe to students (13-20ish) a bit more so which is a good thing as they're hard to engage at the best of times - perhaps not surprisingly if they have nothing geared to interest them specifically. Convey the context of love and family disaproval and it's timeless. It'd be used in either English, Drama or Film (Media) etc. Internally they're clear and split into acts as you'd expect so suitable for general adult readership - even more so for theatre goers? or perhaps for those put off many years earlier themselves.

The technical bit: The three editors have a string of academic/literary/Shakespear qualifications between them. Inside there's the play, a general introduction to Will's life and Elizabethan theatre, and a chronology of Shakespear's works (with sub discussion of the dates issue).
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We needed the text for a drama group production and were asked to get this one so everyone had the same text. I'm always a fan of the Penguin editions - good typeface, nice simple layout and pocketable.
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Just what I was looking for. The delivery was fast and it was good to be able to collect it from a collect+ store.
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