Title Romeo and Juliet (Norton Critical Edition)
Author William Shakespeare, Gordon McMullan (Editor)
ISBN 9780393926262
List price USD 15.95
Price outside India Available on Request
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 448
Book size 127 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2016
Original publisher W W Norton & Company
Published in India by W W Norton & Company
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
About the book

This much-anticipated Norton Critical Edition of Shakespeare’s best-known play is based on the Second Quarto, widely agreed to be the most authoritative early text.

By carefully selecting extracts from sources, scholars, and scriptwriters, Gordon McMullan tells a series of stories about Romeo and Juliet, globally and from their legend’s origins to the present day.

The Norton Critical Edition includes:

  • Introductory materials and explanatory annotations by Gordon McMullan as well as numerous images.
  • Sources and early rewritings by Luigi Da Porto, Matteo Bandello, Pierre Boaistuau, Kareen Seidler, and Thomas Otway, among others.
  • Critical readings and later rewritings spanning four centuries and including those by Stanley Wells, Wendy Wall, Dympna C. Callaghan, Jill L. Levenson, Nia?h Cusack, David Tennant, and Courtney Lehmann.
  • A Selected Bibliography.




A Note on the text

The Text of Romeo and Juliet

Textual Variants


Sources, Contexts, and Early Rewritings

Luigi Da Porto • A Tale about Two Noble Lovers (ca. 1530)

Matteo  Bandello • The Unfortunate Death of Two Most Wretched Lovers (1554)

Pierre Boaistuau • Of Two Lovers (1559)

Arthur Brooke • Romeus and Juliet (1562)

William Painter • The Goodly History of the True and Constant Love between Rhomeo and Julietta  (1567)

Kareen Seidler • Romio und Julieta: A Case Study of an Early German Shakespeare Adaptation

From Romio und Julieta (ca. 1680)

Thomas Otway • From The History and Fall of Caius Marius  (1680)


Criticism  and Later Rewritings         

Stanley Wells     The Challenges of Romeo and Juliet

Pre-T wentieth-Century Responses • Samuel  Johnson • [On Romeo and Juliet]           • William Hazlitt • FromCharacters of Shakespear’s Plays • Samuel Taylor Coleridge • [On Romeo and Juliet] • Helena  Faucit • From On Some of Shakespeare’s  Female Characters   

Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Responses • Harley Granville-Barker • Romeo and Juliet • Susan Snyder • Romeo and Juliet: Comedy into Tragedy • Gayle Whittier • The Sonnet’s Body and the Body Sonnetized in Romeo and Juliet • Jill L. Levenson • The Definition of Love: Shakespeare’s Phrasing  in Romeo and Juliet• Lloyd Davis • “Death-Marked Love”: Desire and Presence in Romeo and Juliet • Wendy Wall • De-generation: Editions, Offspring,  and Romeo and Juliet • Joseph A. Porter • Shakespeare’s Mercutio • Dympna C. Callaghan • The Ideology of Romantic Love: The Case of Romeo and Juliet • Sasha Roberts • Constructing Identities • Niamh Cusack • Juliet in Romeo and Juliet • David Tennant •  Romeo in Romeo and Juliet • Courtney Lehmann • Shakespeare with a View: Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet • Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce • From William Shakespeare’s  Romeo + Juliet • Barbara Hodgdon • William  Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet: Everything’s Nice in America? • Susan Bennett • Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad (and in Stratford and London  and Qatar)

Selected  Bibliography  

Target Audience:

Students and Academicians of English Literature.

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