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Tales from Shakespeare (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)
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Tales from Shakespeare (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb, Karin S. Coddon (Introduction)
 

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Charles and Mary Lamb's classic of children's literature Tales from Shakespeare is characterized by almost fairytale-like plot devices-complications arising from identical twins, magical forests, ghosts and witches, and foolish kings. The prose renditions of fourteen comedies and six tragedies are just as captivating for adults. Far from being mere plot

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Charles and Mary Lamb's classic of children's literature Tales from Shakespeare is characterized by almost fairytale-like plot devices-complications arising from identical twins, magical forests, ghosts and witches, and foolish kings. The prose renditions of fourteen comedies and six tragedies are just as captivating for adults. Far from being mere plot summaries, the Tales closely follow the plays, frequently incorporating Shakespeare's exact language into the narratives and refusing to impose simplistic moral conclusions on the often-messy philosophical universe of Shakespearean drama.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760780848
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
06/15/2006
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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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!!!!)