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This major new edition of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy of love argues that the play is ultimately Juliet’s. It’s richly illustrated introduction looks at the play’s exceptionally beautiful and complex language and focuses on the figure of Juliet as being at its center. Rene Weis also discusses the play’s critical, stage, and film history, including West Side Story and Baz Lurhmann’s seminal film adaptation. This authoritative edition from a leading scholar gives the reader a penetrating and wide-ranging insight into this ever-popular play. Like every Arden edition, it includes expertly edited play text and on-page commentary notes discussing issues of staging, theme, meaning, and Shakespeare’s use of his sources to give the reader deep and engaging insights into the play.
A major new edition of Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy,an outstanding landmark of Elizabethan drama. In its time, it quickly became a box office success and probably inspired Shakespeare to write Hamlet, as it contains a ghost, murders that demand revenge and a hero that hesitates and contemplates suicide. As a revenge tragedy, it set up the salient features of a dramatic genre that would last decades. Its hero, the aged Marshall of Spain Hieronimo, whose son is murdered at night, soon transcended the play and became the standard stage representation of grief, rhetorical passion and madness. Hieronimo’s main antagonist is one of the first Machiavellian characters of English drama. This edition explores the play in relation to its historical context and contemporary Iberian dynastic policy. It also relates the play, as a literary artefact, to other artistic manifestations of the European Renaissance and offers a fresh assessment of the play’s stage history. For the first time in the play’s textual history, this edition presents an integrated text inviting a reading of the play as it was published both in 1592 and in 1602.