Romeo and Juliet / West Side Story

Overview

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...
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Overview

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."

A prose retelling of Shakespeare's drama in which young lovers attempt to defy fate.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440974833
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/1965
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: 2 Books in 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 334,170
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.81 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2001

    I LOVE THIS BOOK

    I LOVE THIS BOOK ITS GREAT LOVE AND TRADGEY WAS AMAZING I READ IT FOR MY 8TH GRADE ENGLISH CLASS AND PLAYED THE NURSE I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK AND HOPE EVERY1 OUT THERE GETS A CHANCE TO READ THIS WONDERFUL WONDERFUL BOOK I THINK THIOS BOOK SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING FOR SCHOOLS ACROSS THE VOUNTRY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2000

    Good!

    This is a very good story. I only read the West Side Story part for Freshman English, but it's a good play. I mean, it teaches kids about the harsh realities on the streets. I loved it. It was soo amazing that it only took me an hour to read it. You need to do the same!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2003

    INTENSE

    I AM READING THIS BOOK FOR THE SECOND TIME I READ THIS IN 9TH GRADE AND NOW I AM A COLLEGE STUDENT AND READING IT AGAIN. THE STORY IS BEAUTIFUL AND ONCE U START TO READ IT U CAN'T PUT THE BOOK DOWN, AND YES I AGREE THIS BOOK SHOULD BE A REQUIREMENT IN ALL SCHOOLS. LOVE IS BEAUTIFUL. WANDA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2000

    WONDERFUL!!!!!!!

    THIS BOOK WAS WONDERFUL! I WOULD RECOMMEND I TO ANYONE

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