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Puffin Classics Tales From Shakespeare

by Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb

Penguin UK Juvenile | November 1, 1994 | Trade Paperback

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A wonderful way to experience 20 of Shakespeare''s timeless plays, this retelling of the stories in prose by the famous nineteenth-century brother and sister, Charles and Mary Lamb, was originally published just for children. Keeping Shakespeare''s own words whenever possible, but making the plots and language easily accessible, this entertaining and very readable collection has remained a standard book of children''s literature since its first appearance in London in 1807 and has delighted generations of adults as well. Here Shakespeare''s best known tragedies and comedies come vividly to life. Whether it''s the moving drama of "Hamlet, " the stormy action of "Macbeth," or the great wit of "The Taming of the Shrew, " each play is presented with charm and clarity for readers of any age to enjoy - as a helpful preface to the original Elizabethan version or simply as enriching, unforgettable stories in themselves.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.7 in

Published: November 1, 1994

Publisher: Penguin UK Juvenile

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140366776

ISBN - 13: 9780140366778

Found in: Anthologies, Anthologies
Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Puffin Classics Tales From Shakespeare

by Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.7 in

Published: November 1, 1994

Publisher: Penguin UK Juvenile

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140366776

ISBN - 13: 9780140366778

From the Publisher

A wonderful way to experience 20 of Shakespeare''s timeless plays, this retelling of the stories in prose by the famous nineteenth-century brother and sister, Charles and Mary Lamb, was originally published just for children. Keeping Shakespeare''s own words whenever possible, but making the plots and language easily accessible, this entertaining and very readable collection has remained a standard book of children''s literature since its first appearance in London in 1807 and has delighted generations of adults as well. Here Shakespeare''s best known tragedies and comedies come vividly to life. Whether it''s the moving drama of "Hamlet, " the stormy action of "Macbeth," or the great wit of "The Taming of the Shrew, " each play is presented with charm and clarity for readers of any age to enjoy - as a helpful preface to the original Elizabethan version or simply as enriching, unforgettable stories in themselves.

About the Author

Charles Lamb was born in London, England in 1775. He was educated at the well-known Christ's Hospital school, which he attended from age eight to 15. It was there that he met Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who became a lifelong friend; the friendship was to have a significant influence on the literary careers of both men. Lamb did not continue his education at the university, probably because of a nervous condition that resulted in a severe stammer. Instead, he went to work as a clerk, eventually becoming an accounting clerk with the East India Company, where he worked for most of his adult life. However, he continued to pursue his literary interests as well and became well-known as a writer. His best work is considered to be his essays, originally published under the pen name Elia, but Lamb also wrote poetry, plays, and stories for children under his own name. In 1796, Lamb's sister, Mary Ann, went mad and attacked her parents with a knife, killing her mother and wounding her father. She was placed in an institution for a time, but was eventually released into her brother's guardianship. This incident, and later periods when she was institutionalized again, had a great effect on Lamb, who had always been very close to his sister. Charles and Mary Ann Lamb collaborated on several books, including Poetry for Children, Mrs. Leicester's School, and Beauty and the Beast. Probably their best-known collaboration, however, was Tales from Shakespeare, a series of summaries of the plots fro
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The lilting words of the Bard come to life for children of any age in this wonderfully approachable, prose version of 20 of the best-known and loved plays of William Shakespeare. Famous for its clarity and careful handling of such monumental dramas as Hamlet, Tales From Shakespeare makes the language, themes, characters and context of Shakespeare’s plays both instantly accessible and appealing to children. Charles and Mary Lamb cover the comedies and romances as well as the tragedies in this volume, paying equal attention to the sly wit and brilliance of The Taming of the Shrew and the torturous gloom of Macbeth. Published initially in the 19th century, this volume remains an ideal way for younger fans of the stage to experience the magic of Shakespeare for the first time.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12