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Romeo and Juliet Paperback – October 6, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0061965494 ISBN-10: 0061965499 Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061965499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061965494
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8-Skillfully read by Claire Higgins, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet will hold listeners spellbound as they become involved in the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues and in Romeo and Juliet's plight of love. Higgins' reading is very natural, and her voice is exceedingly pleasant to listen to. The cassette includes a plot summary, an introduction to Shakespeare by Leon Garfield, as well as supplementary information about Shakespeare and his writings by Dr. Rex Gibson, all read by Simon Russell Beale. This additional information is very worthwhile and will increase the listener's understanding of Shakespeare and why he continues to be important in literature. Peter Hutchins arranged the period background music. The technical qualities are excellent, and the teaching objectives are met. This program is appropriate for individual or group listening, and the additional information will provide an excellent springboard for discussion. A superior acquisition for both public and school libraries with audio collections.
Kathy Dummer, Newcastle Middle School, WY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This production of Romeo and Juliet featuring Kenneth Branagh and Sir John Gielgud is a superb contribution to the field of classics on cassette. The stunning performance by the Renaissance Theatre Company captures all the color and emotion of Shakespeare's eloquent tragedy of young love. With Samantha Bond as Juliet, Derek Jacobi as Mercutio, and Judi Dench as Nurse, the play, which is set in 16th-century Verona, contains some of the most passionate dialog ever written. An excellent musical score by Patrick Doyle accompanies the actors, as well as a full array of authentic sound effects. The pounding of hooves, the chiming of church bells, and the clashing of angry swords enrich this outstanding listening experience. A 24-page booklet complete with sketches and photos of the actors, a synopsis of the play, and background information is included in the package. Highly recommended for most libraries.
Gretchen Browne, Rockville Centre P.L., N.Y.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I am reading this for my English class and I enjoy this book.
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It has very difficult words and a lot of confusing metaphors that maybe are incomprehensible.
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In this poisonous atmosphere, Romeo, a Montegue, and Juliet, a Capulet, fall in love.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By MsEnglishTeacher on June 17, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am a high school English teacher looking at the different versions of classics texts available for Kindle (fire), so my review will not be for the play itself, but rather for the eBook--readability, layout, price, and other features.

This version of Romeo and Juliet is my favorite 99 cent version for several reasons. First, there are links to each act and scene. Next, the page layout is clean and easy to read with spaces between each speaker. Finally, the line formatting is in the correct iambic pentameter format, though there are no line numbers. There are no annotations or explanations, but none of the good 99 cent versions provide that either. Bottom line, easy to use!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eartha Kit on March 15, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this for the Kindle and there is none of the modern text translation referred to by the other reviews. I am very disappointed because that is the only reason I purchased this book. They should not use printed version reviews for Kindle books.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By pandajama on April 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
For some reason Amazon puts reviews of any edition of a given Shakespeare play on each edition's webpage. So, if you are wondering why to buy the Folger over the Cambridge or the Cambridge over the Arden, or just to spend a buck on the Dover Thrift Edition, you have to wade through dozens or hundreds of reviews of all the other editions. I have no idea why Amazon does this, as many people will have very particular interests, and various editions will serve those interests differently. It's maddening. Amazon should keep its Arden reviews on the Arden page, Dover on the Dover page, and so on. What gives???

Anyway, it appears that Arden's Third Series of R&J is unavailable, or perhaps not yet out. If it is available when you read this and you are looking for a first-rate scholarly edition, I'd buy that one -- although I confess I've personally never seen it. But the Third Series of the Ardens, and I have read many, are really first-rate.

The Second Series of the Ardens vary. I'd put this one in the middle. It's quite a bit more thorough than what you would get from, say, the Signet editions (or Dover) but maybe a wee bit out of date and, like most Arden Second Series editions, extremely concerned with editorial conundrums and less concerned with exegesis. But there's a lot of that in this edition, and I am quite satisfied with it. I will, however, buy the Third Series when I can.

One other point I always make about the Ardens: of all the various editions, these are the sturdiest, by far. They are extremely well bound, with sturdy bindings and paper, and will hold up to years and years of abuse and underlining and spilled coffee. Honestly, I prefer them for that reason alone.

Happy reading to you all!
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on October 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
For the cost of ..., you can own a copy of the world's greatestlove story: Romeo & Juliet. Made possible to own ... by the DoverThrift Edition line of books, this edition of Romeo & Juliet iscomplete and unabridged. Use this copy for your performance of theplay, for an English class when you have to buy (or want to buy) abook to have of your own to highlight and annotate as you wish, orsimply to read at your own leisure. The only downside of this editionis that there are no notes of any kind, so you have to throroughlyknow the play itself. Outside of that one setback, the book isdefinitely worth purchasing if you need it or want it, but don't wantto spend lots of money on a copy.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Margaret P Harvey on May 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
The beauty of Romeo and Juliet is universal of any edition you choose to buy--- Shakespeare's work is not what is being reviewed here. This edition is different from the other versions available of the same text, because this edition looks at Shakespeare's source, discrepancies in the text, meanings and significance of the imagery, etc. The multitude of footnotes (often taking up more than half the page) makes it ideal for scholars of Shakespeare who need more than just superficial notes. This edition is grossly inadequate for stage use due to the multitude of notes and small text. Buy this edition of the book for a sturdy, reliable and in-depth study of Romeo and Juliet. Look elsewhere for a simple copy of the text.
NOTE: THIS IS A REVIEW FOR THE OXFORD SHAKESPEARE EDITION OF THE PLAY NOT THE RADIO BROADCAST!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MsEnglishTeacher on June 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am a high-school English teacher, and have been examining the various versions of electronic versions of Romeo and Juliet for my Kindle Fire. I am looking at readability of the text, quality of explanations, other additional features, and of course, price.

While this version is a mere 99 cents, there are better 99 cent versions available. The best feature of this e-version is that there are links to each scene of the play, not just the act, and that there are line numbers on the page. There is annotation, but the layout of said notes is strange.

The Prestwick version does have a very good introduction that gives some useful tips on how to read Shakespeare. This is probably the best feature of this version.

Why did I give it 2 stars? This e-version is simply a scan of the paper copy. The annotations (which appear in the margin of the hard copy) have been cut out and pasted either above or below the text on each page. The size of these explanations is different (larger) than the rest of the text. The way this e-version was made makes it impossible to use the features of an e-reader to your advantage: you can't change the text size, use the dictionary feature, or highlight lines you have selected. (If you want to highlight, you highlight the entire block of text.)

Finally, some of the expanations are inaccurate (I had this gripe when I used Prestwick's paper version in my classroom, too). For instance, at the end of act 2, scene 2, Juliet says she would have Romeo go "no farther than a wanton's bird." Prestwick's note defines wanton as a prostitute. However, wanton has several definitions. In this instance, a wanton is a spoiled, selfish child.
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