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The first quarto of Romeo and Juliet : ed. by Lukas Erne

Two different versions of Romeo and Juliet were published during Shakespeare's lifetime: the second quarto of 1599, on which modern editions are usually based, and the first quarto of 1597. A comprehensive edition of the 1597 edition, this is of vital interest to all scholars of Shakespeare.
Print Book, English, 2007
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge [etc.], 2007
XVII, 192 p. ill. 24 cm
9780521821216, 0521821215
Preface; Abbreviations and conventions; Introduction: 1. Textual provenance: a century of 'bad quartos'; Past thinking about Q1 Romeo and Juliet; The early draft / revision theory; Memorial reporters?; Stage abridgement, not memorial reconstruction?; Evidence of memorial agency; Alternatives to the traditional narrative; A version for the provinces?; Theatrical abridgement; Textual provenance: conclusion; 2. Dramatic specificities: Pace and action; Stage directions; The betrothal scene; Characterization; Inconsistent time references; 3. Publication and printing: The First Quarto in 1597; The First Quarto after 1597; Note on the text; List of characters; THE PLAY; Textual notes; Appendix A. Scene division; Appendix B. Casting and doubling; Appendix C. Bel-vedere (1600); Appendix D. Q1 in eighteenth-century editions of Romeo and Juliet; Bibliography.