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  • Series: Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (July 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743482808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743482806
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs. For more information, visit www.folger.edu.

Barbara A. Mowat is Director of Academic Programs at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, Chair of the Folger Institute, and author of The Dramaturgy of Shakespeare's Romances and of essays on Shakespeare's plays and on the editing of the plays.

Paul Werstine is Professor of English at King's College and the Graduate School of the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is the author of many papers and articles on the printing and editing of Shakespeare's plays and was Associate Editor of the annual Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England from 1980 to 1989.

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Once you read this book you'll know what's the real love is.
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Romeo, of the Montague family, falls in love with Juliet, of the Capulets.
Rachel Garret
Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is a very well written play.
Mark D. Thill

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By John Boland on December 4, 2006
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Of course this is an immortal story that has been read for centuries and at least one beautiful motion picture has been based on it. But, I guess I'm a "dunce" because I never could understand much of the dialogue. "What he say?" was my reaction to much of it. But, I discovered these Folger Shakespeare Library editions that have the dialogue as written by Shakespeare in Elizabethan English on the right side of the page and the "translations" and explanations on the left. Wow! That format makes it very easy to enjoy this book without going to a dictionary every 90 seconds or so! And, for teachers, I think they'll be overjoyed when they see the positive results they could get in class! If you have any opinions about this edition please email boland7214@aol.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Lovejoy on June 13, 2010
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As an experienced high school English teacher, I always advise my students and their parents to purchase a Folger's edition of Shakespeare's plays. The notes, summaries, and other commentary serve the novice Shakespearean reader well and make the classical allusions and denotations of unfamiliar and common words and phrases from the Elizabethan age much easier for 21st Century readers to understand.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karina A. Suarez VINE VOICE on April 18, 2002
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At least that's what I feel should have been a worthy epitaph for these two ill-fated lovers. I read this classic work of fiction because I've never read anything by Shakespeare before. Being a romantic, I found it appealed to me as one unfathomable story of doomed love, and may I say the ending could not have been any other, even if it hadn't been a fictitious story. I agree with Ms. Paster, who in this edition gives a final, parallel account of the story in comparison to modern times; when she says that Romeo and Juliet's only way out to consumate their love was through death, because they had trespassed socially acceptable conventions of the era, and not just due to a family feud. This is true especially of Juliet, who, because she was a woman, had the least advantages and the most pressures to be married to someone previously chosen and approved by her father. She defies the world - literally - and runs to the arms of her Romeo to be married in secret. I cannot imagine the terrible strain and fear a woman would have gone through in the 1500's should she choose to follow her heart in such a way. I find Juliet, in this sense, a true pioneer of women's rights. She definitely risks it all, defying even her own father (the man who would "owned" her until she got married). The passage where he confronts her about her arranged marriage to Count Paris has to be one of the cruelest speeches in classic literature. She certainly would have to make use of a humongous supply of nerve to defy convention.
Romeo, on his behalf, is truly besotted with Juliet. He admires her beauty more than her courage and, like most men when in love, shows himself a pathetic spectacle. However, he loves her and cannot live without her. He only has eyes and, what's really important, heart for her.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 31, 2006
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Romeo and Juliet is a wonderful read. I loved reading every minute of it. The summaries and the explanatory notes help you understand everything about it. This is a great book and I would recommend you read this as an introduction to Shakespeare. I did and I am now going to start A Midsummer Night's Dream. Read this book! You'll love every minute of it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maria on June 10, 2006
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In one of Shakespeare's most famous and beloved plays, true love is thwarted at the cruel hands of fate.

The Capulets and the Montagues have been rivals for years. However, this doesn't stop Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague from falling in love with one another. And so the timeless and beautiful story of Romeo and Juliet begins.

Both the play and the romance of the two main characters take off almost unrealistically quickly; the play is set only over the course of a few days. But what a few days it is. Shakespeare expertly captures the naive and innocent viewpoints of the two teenagers and his language is always metaphorical and flawless.

I found this version of the play extremely helpful, as it was the first Shakespeare play I had read and I wasn't yet accustomed to the unique language of the era. On one side of the page is the actual text of the play and on the opposite side is a list of words and phrases that modern-day citizens may not be accustomed to. This greatly increased my comprehension level of the book, and is a definite asset to anyone who isn't yet "Shakespeare-savvy". Happy reading!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nadine Mitchell on February 20, 2006
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The Folger edition of Romeo and Juliet is very easy to read. The many notes and illustrations make it enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Armstrong on August 1, 2000
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(This review applies only to the Folger Shakespeare Library Edition) Most curriculum guides (e.g., State of Massachusetts, McREL) say that Romeo & Juliet is an upper middle-school play. It can be treated as a short tragedy (3,159 lines overall) and involves a number of strands from both the Theater and English/Language Arts guidelines.
This is the best book for individual students to purchase, because it is inexpensive and well organized.
I found another version more helpful for teachers--the Cambridge School Series edition of R&J. This costs more, but has a number of excellent activities and discussions that teachers can use.
Also, don't forget some video versions of the play, available through Amazon's video store. The 1964 Zefirrelli R&J features a comely lass but also reflects an Italian director's ideas about a young girl sobbing. The 1996 Dicaprio/Danes "moderne" version, set in "Verona Beach," is excellent, but you will see that major sections of dialogue have been cut, in favor of music and the visual expressiveness inherent in film. The 1992 HBO/Thames Films version is the most accurate in terms of dialogue, but also runs 3 hours. Also, there is Prokofiev's ballet, which, as you can imagine, reflects the Russian composer's genius--who else could do the ballet scene of the death vault, where all movement stops?
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