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A carousel of tragedy

We are used to thinking of productions of Shakespeare’s plays as creating new works of art that demonstrate the vitality of the centuries-old drama. But in the right hands, books can achieve the same effect. Emily Martin’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, published by Naughty Dog Press in 2012 and acquired by the Folger last year (ART Vol. e316), blends together Shakespeare’s play with our lives today and the paper presence of a book with the theatrical drama of the stage.

At first glance, Martin’s book looks just like a book, although looking at the spine suggests that there’s something unusual afoot.

front cover of Emily Martin's The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

front cover of Emily Martin’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

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spine of Martin’s book

  1. I’ve quoted from the Folger edition here; Martin is using a different edition in her book.
  2. You can read her statement on her website or on the Hamnet catalog record.

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