Internet Shakespeare Editions


Romeo and Juliet

Before Shakespeare's play, the story of Romeo and Juliet was an obscure tale, known in England only through a long (and rather boring) poem by Arthur Brooke. Now the young lovers are almost mythical in their "star-crossed" love.

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  1. Summary: facts about Romeo and Juliet

    First published:
    1597 (a "bad" quarto)
    1599 (second quarto).
    A popular play: four quartos published before the Folio in 1623.
    First mention: by Francis Meres in 1598.

    Source:The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet (1552), a long poem by Arthur Brooke.