What year was Romeo and Juliet written?

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1594. 

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Although the specific date the play was written is not known, it is known that it was written between 1594 and 1595.   In addition,  it is believed that the First Quarto, an incomplete and unauthorized edition, was published in 1597, while the Second Quarto, which was authorized, was published in 1599. 

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Romeo and Juliet was written by Shakespeare early on in his literary career, most probably in 1594 or 1595.

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