This just hit me the other day.
We've been listening to "Fiddler on the Roof" music over and over lately because the kids love it. It just wandered into my mind that there are some similarities or at least parallels between "Fiddler" and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Both have relatively poor families with five daughters, and marriage worries are the structure of the story. Both stories involve a daughter choosing the wrong guy, or at least an unexpected man. Both have black sheep, daughters who marry beyond the pale (no pun intended).
Could the people who wrote the book for the musical have had this in mind? I don't know anything much about Sholom Aleichem's original stories. Has anyone written about this?
Well, one person has -- just a few weeks ago in another blog.
Think about it....