Tales from Shakespeare

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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: 9781148271224
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 442
  • Product dimensions: 9.69 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marina Warner is a prize-winning writer of fiction, criticism, and history.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2011

    Are you kidding?

    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.

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    Wonderful...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2009

    not that great

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2005

    Great Book

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2005

    So Cool!!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2005

    Good Start

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2004

    why even bother??

    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!!!!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2004

    discusting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2000

    IT'S GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!

    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!!!!!!!

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