Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library)

Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare I've seen this play on stage and film, but I had never read it. Now I've remedied that. Despite its centuries-long popularity, this story has never grabbed me the way it's supposed to. If you're willing to marry someone you barely know, and then commit suicide because you can't be together, you're more than a little unhinged. Even if we make allowances for youthful passion, this is a stretch. With Shakespeare the genius is always in the language, regardless of contrivances. Romeo and Juliet is no exception. Final body count = 6