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Romeo and Juliet [Paperback]

by William Shakespeare
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Book Description

March 27, 2012 1613822294 978-1613822296
ROMEO AND JULIET is Shakespeare's masterful tragedy about two young "star-cross'd lovers" whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families, reputed to be the greatest play ever written. It has been adapted down through the centuries countless times for stage, opera, and more recently, musical and film. The play has been adapted in versions as diverse as MGM's 1936 film, the 1950s stage musical West Side Story, and 1996's MTV-inspired Romeo + Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Editorial Reviews

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.

From Library Journal

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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613822294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613822296
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (325 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Kindle Version 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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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Edition for High School Students June 13, 2010
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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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romeo & Juliet - Dover Thrift Edition October 28, 2000
By Lauren
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! July 31, 2006
A Kid's Review
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare as it should be... November 21, 2005
This is Shakespeare as it should be... no extraneous notes, no unnecessary stage directions, nothing but the text. If you are looking for anything that explains character, language, theme, etc. don't look here, as Shakespeare never wrote any of that. This is purely the text as-is.

As a theatre professor, I would rather have my students work with a text like this rather than one littered with useless commentary and biased notations. If you don't understand a term or reference, use the Oxford English Dictionary rather than the limp and limited notes available in many editions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Who could argue with Shakespeare. He is still the greatest writer of all time. This is the greatest love story ever. It is told over and over again. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Caglevision
2.0 out of 5 stars No line numbers
I should have checked first, but this version doesn't have the line numbers. This makes it difficult to use while teaching.
Published 22 days ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars lololol
It was an lol book I couldn't stop laughing it was the funniest book I've ever read it was so funny I had to read it twice to get all the funniness. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragedy at its best
My favorite play by Shakespeare, the love between these two tweens is still fresh and realistic. Beautiful poetry and tragic ending make it impossible to forget.
Published 26 days ago by Monet
5.0 out of 5 stars Grear for my Grand
This is a required reading book for my granddaughter. She loves it. The book is new and it can be taken to school.
Published 1 month ago by S. P. Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I bought this book because I am studying English as a second language. I need to learn grammar. This is an excellent book.
Published 1 month ago by LUIS MARTIN
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok read
Not sure if this is the original or not, but it was a very dry read and very hard to get through. It may be due to my not being learned in the Shakespearean monologue.
Published 1 month ago by adaniell
5.0 out of 5 stars Romeo and Juliet
I have a special fondness for Shakespeare's tragedies. They are somehow more poignant and real, with all the frills and fluff stripped away to bare the soul in all its nakedness. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MJ
1.0 out of 5 stars Why
The book is messed up it has someones name on it and it has writing on the front cover. Its came to me in poor condition and why would you sell it if its that damaged. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cystal
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be better
It had writing on every single page and drawings on the front and back. Looked way too used. Other than that, it was alright.
Published 2 months ago by Dennis
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