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A Village Romeo and Juliet

By Gottfried Keller

Translated by Ronald Taylor

ISBN: 9781847494573

128 pages

RRP: £9.99 £7.99

A Village Romeo and Juliet is a bitter-sweet tragedy telling the tale of two young lovers kept apart by a family feud. Inspired by the story of two real-life sweethearts and set in rural Switzerland, it evokes the overwhelming beauty of young love and nature, but is ultimately pessimistic about the possibility of such beauty surviving in the real world.

Although it attracted controversy when it was first published in 1856, Keller’s timeless novella has now rightfully entered the canon of world literature and is widely considered as one of the finest examples of nineteenth-century poetic realism.

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Reaching the height of his fame for the semi-autobiographical novel Green Henry, Gottfried Keller (1819–90) is widely considered to be one of the greatest Swiss-German writers.

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