If you’ve got a student who’s struggling with Shakespeare, BookCaps can definitely help. BookCaps is a publisher of study guides and a series of plain-English translations of Shakespeare’s works and other classics of literature.
About BookCaps’ translation of Romeo and Juliet (5/5 stars, currently priced at $2.99 in Kindle edition), Amazon reviewer Beth Elliot says:
Good buy. For a $3 purchase on kindle, this was an excellent buy. In school we are reading Shakespeare, and I was having trouble understanding what I was reading. This book is a great translation of the original text and I will be purchasing more if they come up.
If you are still hestitant, consider the old translation versus this translation.
Old translation –
Sampson : “Gregory, o’ my word, we’ll not carry coals.”
Gregory : “No, for then we should be colliers.”
Sampson : “I mean, an we be in choler, we’ll draw.”
Gregory : “Ay, where you live, draw your neck out o’ the collar.”
Sampson : “I strike quickly, being moved.”
This translation –
Sampson : “I swear, Gregory, we will not stand by and be treated like servants.”
Gregory : “We are servants, you fool.”
Sampson : “I mean, if they want to fight, I’m ready.”
Gregory : “They only thing you will fight is the death penalty.”
Sampson : “I will fight in a minute, if someone messes with me.”
This is a great buy for anybody who needs Shakespeare help.
Other titles in the Kindle format BookCaps Shakespeare series (all currently priced at $2.99 or less) include: