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Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story (1965)

by Norris Houghton, Norris Houghton

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The rating on this book applies to West Side Story; Romeo and Juliet is listed separately. ( )
  TadAD | Jul 9, 2008 |
Full scripts of both plays, plus some comparisons. ( )
  MerryMary | Apr 25, 2007 |
Two of my favorite plays--I read them so many times my copy fell apart and is no longer in my physical library. Others of Shakespeare's plays have overtaken Romeo & Juliet in my estimation, but not in my heart. Likewise, Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are dead is a better play than West Side Story, but I can think of nothing better to give a young teen than this volume with the two plays side by side. ( )
  szarka | Aug 25, 2006 |
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Romeo and Juliet: Two households both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
West Side Story: Krupke: "Knock it off! Settle down."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440974836, Mass Market Paperback)

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."

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