From the silver screen to the Great White Way—one of the greatest stories of all time.
They came together through love but violence threatened to tear them apart. Maria was young and innocent and had never known love—until Tony. And he, who had been seeking something beyond the savagery of the streets, discovered it with her. But Maria’s brother was leader of the Sharks and Tony had once led the rival Jets. Now both gangs were claiming the same turf. Tony promised Maria that he would stay out of it. Would he be able to keep his word? Or would their newfound love be destroyed by sudden death?
Irving Shulman (1913–1995) was a novelist and screenwriter, known for his depictions of urban life. He is the author of ten books, including the novels The Amboy Dukes, Cry Tough, and The Square Trap, which were all adapted into movies. Shulman also wrote the original treatment for Rebel Without a Cause, the film that shot James Dean to stardom.