A Village Romeo and Juliet

October 31, 2020
A Village Romeo and Juliet

"A Village Romeo and Juliet" is a bitter-sweet tragedy tellingthe tale of two young lovers kept apart by a family feud. Inspiredby the suicides of two real-life sweethearts and set in ruralSwitzerland, it evokes the overwhelming beauty of young love andnature, but is ultimately pessimistic about the possibility of suchbeauty surviving in the real world. Although it attractedcontroversy when it was first published in 1856, Keller's timelessstory has now rightfully entered the canon of world literature andis widely considered as one of the finest examples ofnineteenth-century poetic realism.