Romeo and Juliet have a forbidden love, as they are families are on opposite sides of a feud. If their love is discovered, they may well be killed. Love goes to great lengths, however, even unto death. This edition claims to be “…the best early version of a particular play.” Although, not exact to the earliest version, this book takes note of changes that have been made. In addition to the storyline of the play, the front portion of this book includes a brief history of Shakespeare’s life, language, and theater. On each two-page spread of the play script, one page features explanations and definitions from the scenes, while the adjacent page contains the script. The last several pages of the book hold an index of famous quotes from the play. There are also many pictures and drawings throughout the story and script from rare books in the Folger Shakespeare Library. Note: Several of the images and drawings show nude or partially nude characters.
In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a violent world, in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud.
In this death-filled setting, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers' final union in death seems almost inevitable. And yet, this play set in an extraordinary world has become the quintessential story of young love. In part because of its exquisite language, it is easy to respond as if it were about all young lovers.
The authoritative edition of Romeo and Juliet from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes:
-Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
-Newly revised explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
-Scene-by-scene plot summaries
-A key to the play's famous lines and phrases
-An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
-An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
-Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books
-An up-to-date annotated guide to further reading