This study examines Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in depth, including texts and contexts, thematic and critical issues, and performances. It looks at the transformation of the story from its sources, the use of the arts of language in both prose and verse, and the significant themes.
JAY L. HALIO is Professor of English at the University of Delaware. He is the author of more than 20 books, editions, and collections of essays, not only on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, but also on modern American and British literature. His many publications on Shakespeare include folio and quarto editions of King Lear for the New Cambridge Shakespeare, an edition of The Merchant of Venice for the New Oxford Shakespeare, scholarly books on Shakespeare in performance, and numerous articles in journals such as Shakespeare Quarterly and Shakespeare Bulletin.