Romeo and Juliet

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Insight Publications, 2011 - Drama - 176 pages
"Two different versions of Romeo and Juliet were published during Shakespeare s lifetime: the first quarto of 1597, and the second quarto of 1599, on which modern editions are usually based. The earlier version was long denigrated as a "bad" quarto, but recent scholarship sees in it a crucial witness for the theatrical practices of Shakespeare and his company. The shorter of the two versions by about one quarter, the first quarto has high-paced action, fuller stage directions than the second quarto, and fascinating alternatives to the famous speeches in the longer version. The introduction to this edition provides a full discussion of the origins of the first quarto, before analysing its distinguishing features and presenting a concise history of the 1597 version. The text is provided with a full collation and commentary which alert the reader to crucial differences between the first and the second quartos."

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Aidan Coleman B.A., Dip. Ed., teaches English at Cedar College, Adelaide. In 2004, he attended the prestigious Prince of Wales Shakespeare School at Stratford-upon-Avon, and in 2005 his poetry collection Avenues & Runways was short-listed for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award. Aidan has been awarded the ASG Community Merit Medal and a 2006 National Excellence In Teaching Award. Shane Barnes B.A., Dip. Ed., is currently Deputy Principal at Craigmore Christian School, Adelaide. He has contributed several chapters to Great Ideas for English in the Senior Years (SAETA, 2001) and has presented at numerous SAETA and VATE workshops. Shane has been on marking and moderation panels for senior secondary level English and Tourism, and was nominated for a National Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007.

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