Shakespeare Made Simple: Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare (SPECIAL NOOK SHAKESPEARE MADE SIMPLE EDITION) Shakespeare's Plays in Simple English that All Can Understand incl. Romeo and Juliet Hamlet King Lear Othello Merchant of Venice Coriolanus NOOKBook [NOOK Book]

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Shakespeare Made Simple: Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare
(SPECIAL NOOK SHAKESPEARE MADE SIMPLE EDITION)

Shakespeare's Plays in Simple English that All Can Understand incl. Romeo and Juliet Hamlet King Lear Othello Merchant of Venice Coriolanus

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The writings of Shakespeare have been justly termed "the richest, the purest, the fairest, that genius uninspired ever penned."

Shakespeare instructed by delighting. His plays alone (leaving mere science out of the question), contain more actual wisdom than the whole body of English learning. He is the teacher of all good-- pity, generosity, true courage, love. His bright wit is cut out "into little stars." His solid masses of knowledge are meted out in morsels and proverbs, and thus distributed, there is scarcely a corner of the English-speaking world to-day which he does not illuminate, or a cottage which he does not enrich. His bounty is like the sea, which, though often unacknowledged, is everywhere felt. As his friend, Ben Jonson, wrote of him, "He was not of an age but for all time." He ever kept the highroad of human life whereon all travel. He did not pick out by-paths of feeling and sentiment. In his creations we have no moral highwaymen, sentimental thieves, interesting villains, and amiable, elegant adventuresses--no delicate entanglements of situation, in which the grossest images are presented to the mind disguised under the superficial attraction of style and sentiment. He flattered no bad passion, disguised no vice in the garb of virtue, trifled with no just and generous principle. While causing us to laugh at folly, and shudder at crime, he still preserves our love for our fellow-beings, and our reverence for ourselves.

Shakespeare was familiar with all beautiful forms and images, with all that is sweet or majestic in the simple aspects of nature, of that indestructible love of flowers and fragrance, and dews, and clear waters--and soft airs and sounds, and bright skies and woodland solitudes, and moon-light bowers, which are the material elements of poetry,--and with that fine sense of their indefinable relation to mental emotion, which is its essence and vivifying soul--and which, in the midst of his most busy and tragical scenes, falls like gleams of sunshine on rocks and ruins--contrasting with all that is rugged or repulsive, and reminding us of the existence of purer and brighter elements.

These things considered, what wonder is it that the works of Shakespeare, next to the Bible, are the most highly esteemed of all the classics of English literature. "So extensively have the characters of Shakespeare been drawn upon by artists, poets, and writers of fiction," says an American author,--"So interwoven are these characters in the great body of English literature, that to be ignorant of the plot of these dramas is often a cause of embarrassment."

... However, Shakespeare also wrote in a language that most modern people cannot understand. Hence, this book.

This volume succeeds remarkably in reproducing all the excitement of the plays of Shakespeare, in a form so simple that everyone can understand and enjoy them.
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Samuel Johnson
It may be said of Shakespeare, that from his works may be collected a system of civil and economical prudence. He has been imitated by all succeeding writers; and it may be doubted whether from all his successors more maxims of theoretical knowledge, or more rules of practical prudence can be collected than he alone has given to his country.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Shakespeare Made Easy: The Fun Way to Read Shakespeare

    I was always daunted by Shakespeare's language in English class. All the thees and thys as well as archaic words often made me feel like listening to a foreign languages. But reading this book made me realize just how amazing the stories truly are. The stories have been rewritten in a language that anyone can understand, and I find that just terrific.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Just Excellent Shakespeare Made Simple

    This book is just excellent. A perfect introduction ot Shakespeare for anyone who is interested in the Bard.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Shakespeare is not a writer of "stories." He is a poe

    Shakespeare is not a writer of "stories." He is a poet whose dramatic poems have a narrative or story line. That is, as with any poetry, the meaning of his works lies primarily in the language. When that language is lost,
    "Shakespeare" vanishes. All that remains when the poetry is destroyed is a bare plot line. This may be compared to removing the flesh and blood of a man and keeping the skeleton. Ms. Nesbitt's text was published in 1907 for children. "Thee" and "thou" are easy words, used in the Bible and many older writings.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    How many pages are there.

    How many pages are there.

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    Posted January 18, 2012

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