Tales from Shakespeare

Overview

Charles and Mary Lamb bring vividly alive the power of Hamlet and Othello, the fun of As You Like It and the drama of Pericles. Conveying all Shakespeare's wit, wisdom and humanity, and never losing the feel of his beautiful language, these tales are classic literature in their own right.

Shakespeare's fourteen comedies and six tragedies retold in prose.

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Overview

Charles and Mary Lamb bring vividly alive the power of Hamlet and Othello, the fun of As You Like It and the drama of Pericles. Conveying all Shakespeare's wit, wisdom and humanity, and never losing the feel of his beautiful language, these tales are classic literature in their own right.

Shakespeare's fourteen comedies and six tragedies retold in prose.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Originally published in the early 19th century by a brother and sister, these adaptations of six of Shakespeare's most famous plays were intended for children. The story of Charles and Mary Lamb is briefly presented in the beginning of this edition and reads nearly as interesting as a Shakespeare play. They originally collaborated as a way to earn money as well as to introduce young readers to the works of the famous bard, preserving whenever possible "Shakespeare's own words." Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, and King Lear are adapted to a length and simplicity suitable for older elementary or middle school students while retaining the complex plots and characterizations so familiar to readers of Shakespeare. The six stories offer readers a taste of the comic and the tragic, and will provide the incentive to tackle the plays themselves at the high school level under proper adult guidance. Three centuries later, the Lambs' adaptations remain a fine introduction to Shakespeare's writings and are a must for the well-rounded library. Occasional color illustrations of period-looking characters and settings provide interest for young readers, as do the boxed presentation. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
Library Journal
01/01/2014
While dated in many aspects, these stories remain excellent introductions for readers of all ages engaging with Shakespeare for the first time. Originally published in 1807, the Lambs' work summarizes the plots of the most popular plays in a narrative form that is reminiscent of fairy tales.
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This classic children's introduction to Shakespeare, first published in 1807, is made even more delightful with 97 illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. The handsome volume retells 20 plays, including The Tempest, Romeo & Juliet, & Othello, for the enjoyment of all ages. Entertains as well as educates. 8 3/4" x 11". Color & b&w illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604240757
  • Publisher: Book Jungle
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Lamb (1775-1834) was an English essayist, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, which he produced along with his sister, Mary Lamb. Marina Warner is a prize-winning writer of fiction, criticism, and history; her works include novels and short stories as well as studies of female myths and symbols. Her recent books include: The Leto Bundle (2001), Signs & Wonders: Essays on Literature and Culture (2003), and Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds: Ways of Telling the Self (2004).

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
The Tempest 1
A Midsummer Night's Dream 16
The Winter's Tale 31
Much Ado About Nothing 45
As You Like It 61
The Two Gentlemen of Verona 82
The Merchant of Venice 99
Cymbeline 116
King Lear 133
Macbeth 152
All's Well That Ends Well 166
The Taming of the Shrew 182
The Comedy of Errors 196
Measure for Measure 214
Twelfth Night; or, What You Will 233
Timon of Athens 250
Romeo and Juliet 267
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark 289
Othello 309
Pericles, Prince of Tyre 326
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