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Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story

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Publisher Comments:

The tragedy of love thwarted by fate has always intrigued writers.  In the sixteenth century, William Shakespeare took this theme and fashioned one of the world's great plays: Romeo And Juliet.  In our own time, Shakespeare's drama has been used as a basis for the overwhelmingly successful musical play West Side Story.  Though one of these works is set among the nobility of Verona, and the other among immigrant families of New York's West Side, both tell the story of the plight of young star-crossed" lovers.

As Norris Houghton writes in his introduction: "What we see is that all four young people strive to consummate the happiness at the threshold on which they stand and which they have tasted so briefly.  All four are deprived of the opportunity to do so, the Renaissance couple by the caprice of fate, today's youngsters by the prejudice and hatred engendered around them....

"Poets and playwrights will continue to write of youthful lovers whom fate drives into and out of each other's lives.  The spectacle will always trouble and move us, even as the two dramas in this volume do today."

About the Author

Norris Houghton was a theatrical producer and designer and cofounder of the Phoenix Theatre. He served as the first dean of the division of theater arts and film at State University of Purchase, New York.

John Bettenbender—who provided extensive notes for Romeo and Juliet—was an actor and playwright as well as a director.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780440974833
Editor:
Houghton, Norris
Author:
Werstine, Paul
Author:
Shakespeare, William
Author:
Houghton, Norris
Publisher:
Laurel Leaf Library
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Performing arts
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Romeo (Fictitious character)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Drama-Shakespeare Plays
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
1214-E
Publication Date:
19650831
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
6.93x4.25x.70 in. .29 lbs.
Age Level:
from 12

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Children's » Art » General
Children's » Performing Arts » Drama
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

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