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Romeo and Juliet

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The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet (1562, Arthur

Brooke) served as the primary source for this

Shakespeare tragedy and perhaps the most famous

love story ever told. Brooke’s work was itself based

on earlier French and Italian works. Some plot points

in Romeo and Juliet may have derived from work

contained in Il Novellino (1476, Masuccio of Salerno),

Hystoria Nouellamente Ritrouate di Due Nobili Amanti (1530, Luigi da Porto) and the ancient myth of Pyramis

and Thisbe.

Romeo and Juliet


Written between 1591 and 1596