Shakespeares romeo and juliet was published in two quarto editions prior to the publication of the first folio of 1623 these are referred to as q1 and q2 the first printed edition q1 appeared in early 1597 printed by john danter. Esther lombardi has reviewed and written about books and literature for 20 years with a focus on literary criticism education and technology updated january 18 2018 e nesbit offers this adaptation of the famous play romeo and juliet by william shakespeare overview of the montagu and capulet . Although it is commonly cited as a great love story shakespeares romeo and juliet really isnt a romance mark york the stanford daily share on facebook share on twitter. Romeo and juliet by william shakespeare is a play written in the 16th century thats about a tragic love story between two teenagers who come from rival families yet fate brings them together and despite the grudge that each family holds for the other they fall in love. Not only does romeo and juliet deviate in many ways from the tragic genre the first two acts of the play are structured much more like a comedy shakespeares comedies often feature lovers being kept apart by misguided authority figures just as romeo and juliets love is thwarted by their feuding parents
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