The Children's Shakespeare

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As a writer, E. Nesbit understood that the stories are the least part of Shakespeare, but as a mother she also understood the need for simplicity. Envisioning this simplified introduction to works such as The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Taming of the Shrew -- eleven plays in all -- E. Nesbit set out to make them more accessible to young readers without sacrificing any essential elements. For if the stories were stripped of their wit and humor, of their emotion, the children...
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As a writer, E. Nesbit understood that the stories are the least part of Shakespeare, but as a mother she also understood the need for simplicity. Envisioning this simplified introduction to works such as The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Taming of the Shrew -- eleven plays in all -- E. Nesbit set out to make them more accessible to young readers without sacrificing any essential elements. For if the stories were stripped of their wit and humor, of their emotion, the children would be no more entertained by them than by the indecipherable originals. In the end, under E. Nesbit's gifted pen, these stories emerge with all the charm and grace of the very best fairy tales. Written in thoroughly modern English and each no more than ten pages in length, the eleven plays featured in this volume afford children the opportunity to discover for themselves the magic of Shakespeare.
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In the introduction, the author explains how she tried to read Shakespeare's plays to her children. When they were unable to understand the stories and appeared to be baffled by the language, she simplified the tales for them. Simplifying and condensing the plays of Shakespeare for youngsters would seem a daunting task, but the author has done an admirable job. She has rewritten eleven of the plays into stories of ten pages or less, retaining very few passages from the original works. (As an aside, it is interesting to note that in these shortened versions of stories like Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, the reader is struck by the death count, which mounts more quickly than it might in a modern-day action film.) For the parent or teacher wishing to introduce young people to the beauty and depth of Shakespeare's work, an excellent accompaniment to this book would be the illustrated, A Treasury of Shakespeare's Verse containing passages selected by Gina Pollinger, thereby providing an appreciation for the beauty of the language along with an understanding of the stories themselves. 2000, Academy Chicago Publishers, $12.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
This classic retelling of 11 plays of Shakespeare was first published in the U.S. in 1938; this is the first U.S. paperback edition. Each retelling is about 10 pages in length and the plays chosen are: The Winter's Tale; Romeo and Juliet; The Tempest; A Midsummer Night's Dream; King Lear; Cymbeline; The Taming of the Shrew; Hamlet; Twelfth Night; As You Like It; and Pericles. Try making Hamlet appealing to young teenagers in 10 pages, and you'll see what an ambitious undertaking this is: one that Nesbit first wrote for her own children. She has to emphasize plot, of course, which she says in the introduction is the least reason to love Shakespeare; but she understands the need for story when writing for young people, and so she makes the plots as comprehensible and appealing as possible. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2000, Academy Chicago, 117p, illus, 22cm, 00-044199, $12.95. Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Claire Rosser; March 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 2)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780897334853
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Pages: 117
  • Sales rank: 706,079
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

E. Nesbit 1858-1924, was an English author and poet, who wrote or collaborated on more than 60 works of fiction for children, several of which have been adapted for film and television and are still popular today, such as The Treasure Seekers and Five Children and It.

English author Edith Nesbit's impressive body of work includes poems, plays, novels, and even ghost stories, however, she is best known for her beloved children's adventure stories, published under the name E. Nesbit. Among Nesbit's best-known works are The Story of the Treasure-Seekers, The Railway Children, The Wouldbegoods and Five Children and It. Nesbit's novels departed from the children's literary tradition of fantasy-worlds popularized by Lewis Carroll and Kenneth Grahame, and instead focused on the adventures to be had from real-life experiences. Nesbit's work inspired other writers like C. S. Lewis, P. L Travers, and J. K. Rowling, and many of her stories have been adapted for film and television. In addition to writing, Nesbit was an activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist group that provided the foundation for the modern British Labour Party. Nesbit died in 1924.

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another daughterfor she is as changed as if she were some one else." So Petruchio won his wager, and had in Katharine always a loving wife and a true, and now he had broken her proud and angry spirit he loved her well, and there was nothing ever but love between those two. And so they lived happy ever afterwards. HAMLET. HAMLET was the only son of the King of Denmark. He loved his father and mother dearlyand was happy in the love of a sweet lady named Ophelia. Her father, Polonius, was the King's Chamberlain. While Hamlet was away studying at Wittenberg, his father died. Young Hamlet hastened home in great grief to hear that a serpent had stung the King, and that he was dead. The young prince had loved his father tenderlyso you may judge what he felt when he found that the Queen, before yet the King had been laid in the ground a month, had determined to marry againand to marry the dead King's brother. Hamlet refused to put off his mourning for the wedding. "It is not only the black I wear on my body," he said, "that proves my loss. I wear mourning in my heart for my dead father. His son at least remembers him, and grieves still." Then said Claudius, the King's brother, "This grief is unreasonable. Of course you must sorrow at the loss of your father, but" "Ah," said Hamlet, bitterly, "I cannot in one little month forget those I love." With that the Queen and Claudius left him, to make merry over their wedding, forgetting the poor good King who had been so kind to them both. And Hamlet, left alone, began to wonder and to question as to what he ought to do. For he could not believe the story about thesnake-bite. It seemed to him all too plain that the wicked Claudius had killed theKing, so as to get the crown and marry the Queen. Yet he had no pro...
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    Posted January 10, 2012


    Nice, 'cause it's a story, instead of a book

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