Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare & Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmond Rostand from Nobel's Comparative Classics Noble and Nobel books 1965

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This is a very good hardcover. 1965 Noble and Noble Books, Noble's Comparative Classics. This copy is still crisp and clean inside and out. The pages are crisp, clean with no markings seen. The binding is tight and straight. Olive green hardcover boards are also very good front and back with only a hint of shelf wear. Crown octavo size or 5" x 8" with 432 pages.


The Noble Comparative Classics were designed to examine and compare the Greek, Roman or other classic traditions, In this case, one would assume the comparatives are French and Greek. The comparative plan also presents an older classic side by side with a modern one of the same type. Often, after studying a classic, teachers will to assign a modern book of the same type, comparing the theme and treatment.

Romeo and Juliet from Shakespeare has its roots in Greek mythology while Cyrano De Bergerac is a French play written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand. There was a real life Cyrano De Bergerac and the play follows the life in fictionalized form.

Both titles were translated by Howard Thayer Kingsbury and each is line-numbered for reference. The edition also features vintage photos such as Shakespeare's Birthplace and Anne Hathaway's cottage along with play photos such as "The Balcony Scene" and others.

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