The Best of Shakespeare: Retellings of 10 Classic Plays by E. Nesbit

The Best of Shakespeare: Retellings of 10 Classic Plays

byE. Nesbit, Peter HuntIntroduction byIona Opie

Paperback | April 22, 1999

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At the heart of any great work of literature is a story. William Shakespeare's plays are no exception. They tell the stories of kings and queens, of ghosts and witches, of romance and passion. But to get to the stories at the heart of the Bard's plays, the reader must first work throughShakespeare's language, a task often too demanding for younger readers (and for many adults). This new paperback edition brings ten of Shakespeare's greatest plays to life. E. Nesbit, the classic British children's author, shakes off the burdensome complexity of Shakespeare's language and tells thestories at the core of the plays with a generous sprinkle of wit and humor. Her graceful, vivid retellings, written in highly accessible and lucid prose, are the perfect introduction to Shakespeare's work. All of these major works are included in this anthology: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, As You Like It, The Winter's Tale, and Twelfth Night. The text is illustrated with dramatic black-and-white photographs from contemporary productionsof the plays by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Stratford Festival (Ontario, Canada), and the Folger Library's Shakespeare Theater. Also included is an afterword by Peter Hunt, a leading scholar of children's literature. These retellings of the classic tales of one of the world's greatest playwrights remind us that it is never too early for Shakespeare.

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E. Nesbit (1858-1924) is the author of many popular stories and novels for children, including The Wouldbegoods (1901), The Phoenix and the Carpet (1904), The Railway Children (1906), and The Enchanted Castle (1907).
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Title:The Best of Shakespeare: Retellings of 10 Classic PlaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 5.98 × 9.02 × 0.51 inPublished:April 22, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195132130

ISBN - 13:9780195132137

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 8

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It’s never too soon to appreciate the stories from the world’s greatest playwright. In The Best of Shakespeare young readers can discover ten classic plays, rewritten by a children’s author for easy comprehension. E. Nesbit retold these stories for her own children in the Victorian era. The ten plays are: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale and Twelfth Night.

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"Not only [Nesbit's] children, but all of us and ours are the beneficiaries of Oxford University Press's recent discovery of the manuscript...Most impressive is that all four of the mature tragedies are retold in the book as well as the plays most frequently read by teens."--Tampa TribuneTimes