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Romeo and Juliet

Wordsworth Classics

By William Shakespeare, Prof. Cedric Watts (Introduction and notes by), Prof. Cedric Watts (Edited by), Dr. Keith Carabine (Series edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 160 pages, New edition Edition
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 05 November 2000
The Wordsworth Classics' Shakespeare Series presents a newly-edited sequence of William Shakespeare's works. The textual editing endeavours to take account of recent scholarship while giving the material a careful reappraisal. About this book: Love, sex and death are the components of Shakespeare's classic story of the love of two young people which reaches across the barriers of family and convention. It encompasses great love, high drama, low comedy and a tragic ending. Romeo and Juliet is a pure tragedy of youth told in verse that is both youthful and intense. The loveliness and the music of the poetry make believable the otherwise commonplace afflictions of blighted love. The beautiful personification of some of the main characters has caused Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio and the Nurse to become part of the world's literary mythology.

About the Author

Cedric Watts is Professor of English Literature at the University of Sussex. His books on Shakespeare include William Shakespeare: 'Measure for Measure', (1986), Hamlet (1988), Romeo and Juliet (1991), and with John Sutherland Henry V - War Criminal? and other Shakespeare Puzzles (2000). He has edited the First Quarto of Romeo and Juliet (1995).

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Gr 5-7-These comic adaptations of literary classics seek "to entertain and educate young minds" with literature not generally read by today's young people. They are extensively abridged and retold in contemporary language. Each title includes a biographical sketch of the author and introduces approximately five main characters with illustrations. Back matter includes extension activities and historical information. Rendered in a pastel palette, Don Quixote offers more action and dialogue than the other titles and retains some of Cervantes's original humor. The art includes good use of foreshortening and point of view. Angled panels reinforce the windmill duel. King Solomon's Mines uses a vibrant color palette. Images often seem redundant-merely illustrating the text-rather than adding new insights. Many of the more violent scenarios are not depicted. For example, readers never see the origin of the knife wound shown later in the story. Kidnapped presents panels heavily outlined in black that appear stiff and formal, often having little connection to the sequential action of the story. The book lacks character animation, story pacing, and depiction of action. Adaptations of The Merchant of Venice and Romeo and Juliet rely on abbreviated retellings of the basic plots, eliminating any of the original poetic language. The classic art style features somewhat rigid characters, displaying little emotion.-Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Another cool book-and-disc combo, these editions of the bard's beloveds offer the full illustrated text with an audio CD sporting numerous key scenes. A great idea. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9781840224337
ISBN: 1840224339
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 0.8 centimetres (0.10 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Jennifer Chen on
 
it is mainly because we live in such a image driven society that shakespeare's florid use of language is some times hard to understand. the reader must keep in mind that the earliest shakespeare plays were performed with very little costuming, so the audience had to listen to detailed description to get the picture in their minds
Alice Gypsy on
 
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 dicionary 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!
Sophie Krook on
 
Romeo and Juliet. Where does one start with Romeo and Juliet. This a classic beyond the status of being considered a classic. The tale as you, I and everyone else knows is of the love between Romeo and Juliet, each from different families, trouble follows, thus the tale.

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