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Searching for Juliet

The Lives and Deaths of Shakespeare's First Tragic Heroine

Sophie Duncan


'Invigorating ... engaging ... thrilling' Samantha Ellis, GUARDIAN

'An astonishing tour-de-force . . . Juliet has found the biographer she deserves' Marion Turner

A cultural, historical, and literary exploration of the birth, death, and legacy of the ultimate romantic heroine - Shakespeare's Juliet Capulet

Juliet Capulet is the heartbeat of the world's most famous love story. She is an enduring romantic icon. And she is a captivating, brilliant, passionate teenage girl who is read and interpreted afresh by each new generation.

Searching for Juliet takes us from the Renaissance origin stories behind William Shakespeare's child bride to the boy actor who inspired her creation onstage. From enslaved people in the Caribbean to Italian fascists in Verona, and real-life lovers in Afghanistan. From the Victorian stage to 1960s cinema, Baz Luhrmann, and beyond.

Sophie Duncan draws on rich cultural and historical sources and new research to explore the legacy and reach of Romeo and Juliet far beyond the literary sphere. With warmth, wit, and insight, she shows us why Juliet is for now, for ever, for everyone.

'Deeply researched and wryly written, Searching for Juliet makes us think again about a character and a story we thought we knew' Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

'Original, stylish, and compelling . . . It's a marvellous book, and one that delivers a powerfully inspiring message to the young Juliets of our own troubled times' Miranda Seymour

'A powerful, witty, and provocative exploration of sex and gender, youth and age, love and death' Anna Beer

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Binding: Hardback
Publication date: 06 Apr 2023
Dimensions: 164 x 242 x 30 mm
ISBN: 9781529365177

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