Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story by William ShakespeareThe tragedy of love thwarted by fate has always intrigued writers. In the sixteenth century, William Shakespeare took this theme and fashioned one of the worlds great plays: Romeo And Juliet. In our own time, Shakespeares 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 Yorks 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, todays 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 others lives. The spectacle will always trouble and move us, even as the two dramas in this volume do today.
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Shakespeare & Co. Book Club
Photo by Sharoni. They previously told us they expect to open in the fourth quarter of this year. The store has been bought by a holding company with a new strategy. It has a location on the East Side next to Hunter College. Here are a few things to expect:. The cafe will have free wi-fi. There are about 7 million titles the machines can print, most of them in the public domain.
Today, the company took its first steps to achieving that goal, announcing plans to open three outlets this year. The first store will open this summer at Walnut Street in the historic Rittenhouse Square area in Philadelphia. Two additional stores will open in Manhattan in the fourth quarter of one on the Upper West Side at Broadway between 69th and 70th Streets and one in Greenwich Village at Sixth Avenue near 11th Street. Like the flagship store, all three new Shakespeare bookstores will be about 3, sq. He envisions new stores opening eventually in Boston, Chicago, and beyond. Neller said he plans to open the trade bookstores mainly in college communities and some outlets could be 4, to 5, sq.
Signs of Literary Life for Two Booksellers on the Upper West Side
The latter is considered a homecoming for the original Shakespeare and Company, which was an institution in that neighborhood from to , and it will be joining a robust range of indies in the area including Word Up , Books of Wonder , Bank Street Bookstore and several branches of Book Culture the one on Columbus Avenue is in the space once occupied by the beloved Endicott Booksellers. Maybe, just maybe, the late great Nora Ephron was wrong. Between and , the number of indies in the United States declined by 43 percent, according to the American Booksellers Association, a trade organization for independently owned bookstores. Over the past two decades, New York City institutions such as St. Big boxes — really big boxes — seemed to be winning.
Photo courtesy of Dane Neller. The bookstore at Broadway between W. Renovating that store at Lexington Ave. That expansion is now afoot, with the chain opening up its first new store, in Philadelphia. Neller said the chain will open a coffee kiosk near the 68th St. But perhaps the most intriguing feature of the new store will be the Espresso Book Machine, where children and adults will be able to print a paperback book in minutes. Neller said the machine has gotten to a place where it is reliable and can make a book in three or four minutes.
This place captures it all - lots of books, coffee, munchies, wifi - the whole package if that's the package you are looking for. Little tables and chairs always it seems occupied by earnest-looking Hunter College students and faculty. Squeeze by the coffee bar unless Great combination of a bookshop and a coffee and snack corner. Ideal for a moment of rest in a busy town. Great local bookstore caters to Hunter College students and everyone else in the neighborhood. Good book selection, great coffee.