Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare)

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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet, a drama by William Shakespeare, written sometime between 1591 and 1596, first published in 1597. The legend upon which it is founded first appeared in Naples in 1476. It appeared in English in 1562 in The Tragicall Historye of Romeo and Juliet by Arthur Brooke, which furnished the main foundation for this drama. The legend has often been chosen for operatic purposes. The best opera based upon it is that by Gounod, which first appeared in 1867. —"Romeo and Juliet," in The New Student's Reference Work, Chicago: F.E. Compton and Co. (1914)

Versions of The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet include:
An 1870 oil painting by Ford Madox Brown depicting the play's famous balcony scene

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