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Dear Charles

It is difficult to answer but still do you feel Romeo and Juliet is the best novel by Shakespeare?.

Prashant s akerkar

First of all, Romeo and Juliet is a stage play, not a novel.

Second, I know of know set of criteria that lets one pick out the "best" novel from a set in any defensible fashion. In the end, it just depends on how educated your taste is and what you like.

Most of Shakespeare's work contains very good poetry, very good drama, humor, intense emotion, and engaging plots. Among them, I would definitely rank Romeo and Juliet higher than, say, Coriolanus. But that is because i prefer drama with complex "flavors" -- lots of different stuff rather than just undifferentiated violence.

I am sure that any drama critic would agree that, among the Bard's works, Romeo and Juliet ranks in the top half. Beyond that, it's really not possible to day.

Hope this helps.




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Charles K. MacKay


I can answer a number of questions in philosophy; my academic concentrations (graduate school at Cornell) are ethics, political philosophy, and 19th-century German philosophy (Marx, Hegel, and hangers-on.)



BA, New College, 1971, Philosophy and Religion
Awarded four graduate fellowships upon graduation

MA, Cornell University, 1974
Social and Political Philosophy, Danforth Fellowship

All course work and dissertation drafts completed for Ph.D. Cornell University, 1971-1975, Social and Political Philosophy, Danforth Fellowship

Courses in statistics and microeconomics, George Washington University and The American University, 1976-1978

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Bachelor of Arts, Philosphy and Religion, New College, 1971 Master of Arts, Social and Political Philosophy, Cornell University, 1975

Awards and Honors
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