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Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet
Author: William Shakespeare, Barbara A. Mowat (Editor), Paul Werstine (Editor)
Each edition includes:  —  * Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play — * Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play — * Scene-by-scene plot summaries — * A key to famous lines and phrases — * An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language — * An essay by an outstandi...  more »
PBS Market Price: $7.09 or $3.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780743477116
ISBN-10: 0743477111
Publication Date: 1/1/2004
Pages: 336
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3.8 stars, based on 81 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
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This is a great romantic tragedy, which I had to read for my Intro. to Drama class. This is one of those works of Shakespeare that has been done in a multitude of forms and variations, so it is quite likely that everyone has a rough idea of the story. Still, you really cannot replace the original. There is a lot of unbelievable story to it, which can overdo it to the point of being distracting, but overall the language and story are so supremely memorable that it automatically qualifies as a must-read. As to the edition itself, I found it to be greatly helpful in understanding the action in the play. It has a layout which places each page of the play opposite a page of notes, definitions, explanations, and other things needed to understand that page more thoroughly. While I didn't always need it, I was certainly glad to have it whenever I ran into a turn of language that was unfamiliar, and I definitely appreciated the scene-by-scene summaries. Really, if you want to or need to read Shakespeare, an edition such as this is really the way to go, especially until you get more accustomed to it.
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It was great and helpful in my classroom.

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