Tales from Shakespeare

Tales from Shakespeare

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by Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb, Arthur Rachkam
     
 

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Originally published in 1807 “Tales of Shakespeare” is almost as classic as the plays by the bard himself. Charles Lamb (1775-1834) and his sister Mary Lamb (1764-1874) have taken twenty of Shakespeare’s best plays and retold them in a more modern style—in digestible prose—aimed at sophisticated teenagers. All character dialogue,…  See more details below

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Originally published in 1807 “Tales of Shakespeare” is almost as classic as the plays by the bard himself. Charles Lamb (1775-1834) and his sister Mary Lamb (1764-1874) have taken twenty of Shakespeare’s best plays and retold them in a more modern style—in digestible prose—aimed at sophisticated teenagers. All character dialogue, however, comes straight from the plays. A great way to become familiar with these masterpieces of literature before tackling the original versions. Highly recommended for everyone who wants a better understanding of Shakespeare’s great works in a readable modern format.

If you aren’t familiar enough with Shakespearean old English to follow along without getting lost, or if you’re taking your kids to see one of his plays, this book is invaluable. A very great way to introduce kids to Shakespeare, and to a love for classic literature. Includes the plays: The Tempest (Comedy); A Midsummer's Night Dream (Comedy); The Winter's Tale (Comedy); Much Ado About Nothing (Comedy); As You Like It (Comedy); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Comedy); The Merchant of Venice (Comedy); Cymbeline (Comedic Tragedy); King Lear (Tragedy); Macbeth (Tragedy); All's Well That Ends Well (Comedy); The Taming of the Shrew (Comedy); The Comedy of Errors (Comedy); Measure for Measure (Comedy); Twelfth Night, or What You Will (Comedy); Timon of Athens; (Tragedy) Romeo and Juliet (Tragedy); Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (Tragedy); Othello (Comedic Tragedy); and Pericles, Prince of Tyre (Comedy).

Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was one of the most famous illustrators of his day and this book showcases twelve full-page, full color paintings, two full-page black-and-white illustrations, and seventeen smaller chapter-head and chapter-ending drawings that demonstrate his clear and gorgeous style.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148432906
Publisher:
Flying Chipmunk Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
354
File size:
4 MB

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Tales from Shakespeare (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I began reading this book in third grade, and absolutely loved it. If you don't like Shakespeare or reading, you probably won't like it. It has wonderful overviews for children who can't read the plays yet.
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readerT More than 1 year ago
I loved reading all of the stories. They are all moving and great for anyone who is interested in Shakespeare's plays. They are easy to read. Love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not knowing much of Shakespeare, but wanting to understand all the hype (400+ years is a pretty long time.), I began to read some of the Lamb's summaries. I was entranced. So many of the illusions to Shakespeare that I'd read and heard made sense. It's the beginning of the development of my right brain!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used this book at the High School I went to in the U.S. equivalent of grade 8. This book was not only easy to understand but sparked my interest in this time period and Shakespeare's works in their original form. This book is one of the books I have saved from high school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't read all of the storys in it, but what i have read is great!!!!!!!! I really recomend this to any shakespeare fans!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
we had to read this book in the 7th grade for our english/lit studies. we had all heard most of these stories before, and Tales From Shakespeare completely missed alot of the key parts that Shakespeare put in, especially in A Misummer Night's Dream. They completely left out the play within the play. i think a more detailed book would be better for studying Shakespeare's themes and writing styles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a terrible book! I had to read it for school (8th grade) and i didn't understand a thing!!!!....the plots are great, but the language-whoooeee!!!!it was a killer!! but if ya like hard, boring, confusing, stressful books --good luck!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you kidding? I tried to buy this book three times, and you cancel the sale three times. Why? Because I live in Brazil, and you do not sell here. Amazon does. Anyway, I can not review a book that you REFUSE TO SELL TO ME.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it doesn't even deserve one star!!! why would you even consider reading this book?? it makes no sense what-so-ever!!!!! i'd rather eat dirt than go through the pain and misery of reading this book again (or does it even deserve the name 'book' ? it's more like a dictionary with English words from a 100 years ago!!! i'm sorry if you ever have to go through the torture that i went through.......(i could go on and on and on, but i think you get my drift!!!!)