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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 »
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ISBN-13: 9780743477116
ISBN-10: 0743477111
Publication Date: 1/1/2004
Pages: 336
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 82 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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patticom avatar reviewed Romeo and Juliet on
Helpful Score: 2
Romeo and Juliet is one of the classic Shakespeare plays that should be required reading for all english students! Like most of Shakespeare, I believe it is best viewed as an actual play after reading the book. It is in the same style of writing as the King James Bible translation, so the language is somewhat archaic and slow to read. But it is rich and beautiful all the same.
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Helpful Score: 2
Who can resist the most famous love story of all time? This book is the playright version with full definitions of the words and phrases used throuhgout.
scrapbooklady avatar reviewed Romeo and Juliet on + 472 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
The Folger Libray edition is very useful for students who are unfamiliar with Elizabethan language, customs, and other oddities.
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Helpful Score: 1
This cheap little edition worked great for me as a poor college student!
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Not a bad version. It has fairly direct and correct footnotes for most of the tough vocabulary. It's a good beginners read.
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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.
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Who doesn't love this classic?!
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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. :)
ginamig avatar reviewed Romeo and Juliet on + 76 more book reviews
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.
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Different background color and photo on front of book than this one, but good condition
tiffanyak avatar reviewed Romeo and Juliet on + 215 more book reviews
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.
katethegreat avatar reviewed Romeo and Juliet on + 69 more book reviews
Maybe the best Shakespeare has to offer.

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