Not a bad version. It has fairly direct and correct footnotes for most of the tough vocabulary. It's a good beginners read.
Had to read for school...notes on hard to understand passages in the footnotes, and included at the end of the play...papers written concerning the play included for discussion.
Who doesn't love this classic?!
I love Shakespeare, but this is not my favorite work by him, and I don't see why it's the one required in high school so much.
I find Macbeth, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and The Taming of the Shrew to be much more interesting, and deal with more appropriate ideas.
I mean appropriate, like more useful.
The themes in Romeo and Juliet just sort of piss me off.
Anyway, it's still fun to read, and it's SHAKESPEARE. :)
All in all I've read Romeo & Juliet countless times. I, like so many others were forced to read it out loud during High School English class my freshman year and then many times as a Shakespearian Literature minor in college. After reading the novel Juliet by Anne Fortier I had wanted to reread the classic yet another time. I think that R & J is one of those books that you can't really appreciate until you are no longer forced to read it for sake of a grade.
I can sit here and nit pick all the annoying things which grate on one's nerves as you read or I can lament on those parts that are romantic but all in all it's the sum of all those parts (both good and bad) which has made this book a classic and still one of my favorites of Shakespeare.
Different background color and photo on front of book than this one, but good condition
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.
It was great and helpful in my classroom.
Maybe the best Shakespeare has to offer.