Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (1907) By William Shakespeare Free PDF eBook

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 Romeo and Juliet

The earliest edition of Romeo and Juliet, so far as we know, was a quarto printed in 1597, the title-page of which asserts that " it hath been often (with great applause) plaid publicly." A second quarto appeared in 1599, declared to be " newly corrected, augmented, and amended." Two other quartos appeared before the folio of 1623, one in 1609 and the other updated; and it is doubtful which was the earlier. The updated quarto is the first that bears the name of the author (" Written by W. Shakespeare "),- but this does not occur in some copies of the edition. A fifth quarto was published in 1637.

Romeo and Juliet's story belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. The plot is based on an Italian tale translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1567.

Author:  William Shakespeare
Editor:  W. J. Rolfe,
Publication Date 1907

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