Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

The Second Quarto, 1599; A Facsimile (from the British Museum Copy, C21, G 18) (Classic Reprint)

by William Shakespeare

Hardback Publication Date: 22/04/2018

Excerpt from Romeo and Juliet: The Second Quarto, 1599 The above are the lines as they stand in the text, the numbers denoting the order in which they should have been printed, but line 6 should probably have been altogether omitted It seems quite certain that in the greater part of this Q1 gives a fairly accurate representation Of the original play. The followmg restoration of the Copy' [on which the printer olqz worked] Will, I think, make all clear. The original play (q1) is here printed in Roman type, the revisions and additions in italics.

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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in 1564. The date of his birth is unknown but is celebrated on 23 April, which happens to be St George's Day, and the day in 1616 on which Shakespeare died.

Aged eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. They had three children. Around 1585 William joined an acting troupe on tour in Stratford from London, and thereafter spent much of his life in the capital. By 1595 he had written five of his history plays, six comedies and his first tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. In all, he wrote thirty-seven plays and much poetry, and earned enormous fame in his own lifetime in prelude to his immortality.

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