In one of his most iconic plays, Shakespeare perfectly captures the mixture of idealism and passion in youth, from Tybalt’s fury to Romeo’s protestations of eternal love for Juliet.
Romeo and Juliet is the iconic tragedy through which many people first encounter Shakespeare, and yet returning to the play as an adult can be a far more rewarding experience. How perfectly he captured that mixture of idealism and passion in youth, from Tybalt’s fury to Romeo’s protestations of eternal love. With a vast influence on theatre, literature and film, its depiction of young, star-crossed lovers has few rivals.
Published by Oxford University Press and bound in hardback buckram by The Folio Society, The Oxford Shakespeare series offers authoritative editions of Shakespeare’s plays. The early printings have been scrupulously re-examined and interpreted by eminent scholars, who also provide introductory essays covering all relevant background information, together with an appraisal of critical views and of the plays in performance. The exhaustive commentaries pay particular attention to language and staging. Reprints of sources, music for songs, genealogical tables and maps are included where necessary; many of the volumes are illustrated, and all contain an index.
Each book has an individual editor, with the whole series overseen by Stanley Wells.
Jill L. Levenson is a Professor of English at the University of Toronto.
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