The Signet Classics edition of William Shakespeare's timeless story of star-crossed lovers. One of the Bard's most popular plays, Romeo and Juliet is both the quintessential account of young love and the cautionary tale of the tragedy that can occur when the foces of passion and pride are at odds, This revised Signet Classics edition includes unique features such as: • An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater • A special introduction to the play by the editor, J. A. Bryant, Jr. • The source from which Shakespeare derived Romeo and Juliet, Arthur Brooke's The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet • Dramatic criticism from Samuel Johnson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Michael Goldman, and others • A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions • Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable text • And more... From the Paperback edition.
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When this volume of Shakespeare's poems first appeared in 1609, he had already written most of the great plays that made him famous. The 154 sonnets - all but two of which are addressed to a beautiful young man or a treacherous 'dark lady' - contain some of the most exquisite and haunting poetry ever written, and deal with eternal subjects such as love and infidelity, memory and mortality, and the destruction wreaked by Time. Also included is A Lover's Complaint, originally published with the sonnets, in which a young woman is overheard lamenting her betrayal by a heartless seducer.
"Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous love stories in the world. But it is more than a great love story. It is also about life and death, happiness and sadness, and the terrible hate between two great families. Shakespeare's beautiful tale is still as popular today as it was more than 400 years ago." - back cover.
With New and Updated Critical Essays and a Revised Bibliography
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Chamberlain Brothers
Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers. The fair city of Verona runs with the blood of warring families, while two young lovers dare to rebel against a destiny that declares they should be enemies. One of the greatest love stories of all time, Romeo and Julietis filled with some of Shakespeare's most exquisite language and rich poetry. This intensely romantic and popular play has inspired countless performances-a favorite from high school gymnasiums to professional stages and silver screens across the world. Beautifully packaged with a DVD of the BBC production, unique features of this Signet Classics edition include an overview of Shakespeare's life, a special introduction to the play, the source from which Shakespeare derived Romeo and Juliet-Arthur Brooke's The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet-dramatic criticism from the past and present, a comprehensive stage and screen history, and up-to-date recommended readings. DVD INCLUDES: The acclaimed BBC production of Romeo and Juliet, one of the most faithful and distinctive versions of Shakespeare's play on film, boasting a star cast with Academy Award-winning John Gielgud as the Chorus and Alan Rickman as Tybalt.
'Oh, that I were a man, or that I had power To execute my apprehended wishes, I would whip some with scorpions.' Seen as anarchic and amoral in their time, these four tragedies of murder and politics continue to resonate with their dark, horrific vision of humanity. Featuring strangulations, poisonings, stabbings and incest, the plays explore violence, transgression and destructive sexual jealousy, while also satirising the dangerous times in which they were written. This new edition illuminates Webster's and Ford's plays further by putting them in context with one another, highlighting the complexity of their morally ambiguous female protagonists. Edited with an introduction by Jane Kingsley-Smith
'And when I shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars.' This collection of Shakespeare's soliloquies, including both old favourites and lesser-known pieces, shows him at his dazzling best. One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics' huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries - including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.
These are three of Shakespeare's greatest, and most tragic, plays. In each story, the main characters die; cruel Lord MacBeth, unhappy King Lear, and the doomed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. They die because they, or others, are weak, greedy or very foolish. But, like real people, they have good qualities and moments of greatness too. From p. 4 of cover.