Unique Features of the Signet Classic Shakespeare: An extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by the general editor of the Signet Clasic Shakespeare series, Sylvan Barnet Special introduction to the play by the editor, J.A. Bryant, Jr., University of Kentucky Source from which Shakespeare derived Romeo and Juliet--Arthur Brooke's The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Julet Dramatic criticism from the past and present: commentaries by Samuel Johnson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Michael Goldman, Susan Snyder, Marianne Novy A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors and prodctions of Romeo and Juliet Text, notes, and comentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type Up to date list of recommended readings.
Joining Bruce Coville
's earlier prose adaptations of Shakespeare's plays is this picture book treatment of the Bard's most popular work ever. The tender story of the young star-crossed lovers from warring families, Romeo and Juliet
has moved audiences to tears for four hundred years. And Coville tells it in a way that will surely whet the appetite of young audiences, who will then find even greater enjoyment in the original. As with his earlier adaptations, Coville expertly combines his own dramatic language with key lines from the play. Dennis Nolan,
who illustrated Coville's version of A Midsummer Night's Dream,
contributes stunning paintings, including a gatefold of the famous balcony scene. In addition to A Midsummer Night's Dream,
which Publishers Weekly
called "A first rate entree to the Bard," Coville also retold The Tempest
Of the latter, School Library Journal
said, "Coville's muscular sentences, full of dramatic word choices, make this a good read-aloud." Both Macbeth
and A Midsummer Night's Dream
were honored as ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults.
"We can more easily decide between Shakespear and any other author, than between him and himself. Shall we quote any more passages to shew his genius or the beauty of Romeo and Juliet? At that rate, we might quote the whole."
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