The Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet: A Frankly Annotated First Folio Edition

The Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet: A Frankly Annotated First Folio Edition


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This annotated edition of The Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet provides two valuable textual services to its readers. It restores the language of Shakespeare to that of the First Folio of 1623, with its idiosyncratic but illuminating spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. It also provides footnotes and annotations that are candid and plainspoken in their accounting of Shakespeare's themes, especially his frequent if oft-overlooked and underappreciated bawdy puns and allusions. An extensive introduction is included, as are appendices detailing typographical errors, stage directions, emended lineations and character tags from the First Folio.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786447480
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/04/2010
Series: Notable Figures/Shakespeare, William
Edition description: Annotated
Pages: 487
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Demitra Papadinis divides her time between New Hampshire and New York City. She is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of the New England Shakespeare Festival and a founding member of New York City’s WildBard! An expert in Unrehearsed Shakespeare/First Folio Cue-Script Technique, she presents workshops and educational programs at schools, colleges, and theatres throughout the country.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Place of Death:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1


Of Forthright FootNotes (or, putting the “count” back in “country”) 3

“Filthy Plaies and Enterluds” 6

Why the First Folio? 8

What’s Wrong with Editing? 10

The Importance of Spelling 12

The Importance of Punctuation 15

Notes on the Annotation 21

Abbreviations of Key Reference Works 25

The Tragedie of Romeo and Juliet: First Folio Play-script with Accompanying Annotation

Act I, scene i 28

Act I, scene ii 62

Act I, scene iii 78

Act I, scene iv 92

Act I, scene v 118

Act II, scene i 136

Act II, scene ii 138

Act II, scene iii 168

Act II, scene iv 184

Act II, scene v 228

Act II scene vi 238

Act III, scene i 246

Act III, scene ii 270

Act III, scene iii 290

Act III, scene iv 310

Act III, scene v 314

Act IV, scene i 342

Act IV, scene ii 358

Act IV, scene iii 364

Act IV, scene iv 370

Act V, scene i 394

Act V, scene ii 406

Act V, scene iii 410

Textual Preparation 449

Appendix I (Typographical Errors Corrected) 463

Appendix II (Stage Directions, Entrances and Exits Emended) 464

Appendix III (Lineation Emended) 468

Appendix IV (Character Tags Emended) 469

Bibliography 473

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