Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library edition)
by William Shakespeare
In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a violent world, in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud.
In this death-filled setting, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers’ final union in death seems almost inevitable. And yet, this play set in an extraordinary world has become the quintessential story of young love. In part because of its exquisite language, it is easy to respond as if it were about all young lovers.
The authoritative edition of Romeo and Juliet from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes:
Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
Newly revised explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
Scene-by-scene plot summaries
A key to the play’s famous lines and phrases
An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language
An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books