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Tales from Shakespeare

(Everyman's Library (Paper))

By Julia Briggs,Mary Lamb,Charles Lamb

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| Paperback | 9780460876384

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No better introduction to William Shakespeare's dramatic masterpieces exists than the delightful prose adaptations of Charles and Mary Lamb, first published in 1807. The two selected 20 of Shakespeare's best-known plays and set out both to make them Continue

No better introduction to William Shakespeare's dramatic masterpieces exists than the delightful prose adaptations of Charles and Mary Lamb, first published in 1807. The two selected 20 of Shakespeare's best-known plays and set out both to make them accessible to children and to pay enthusiastic homage to the original works. Together the Lambs distilled the powerful themes and unforgettable characterizations of Shakespeare's plays into elegant narratives--classic tales in their own right. Charles took responsibility for such powerful tragedies as Othello, Macbeth, Hamlet, and King Lear, while Mary worked on the comedies: brilliant fantasies like A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest, and thought-provoking plays like Measure for Measure, Cymbeline, and The Merchant of Venice. As the authors point out in their introduction, their versions of the tragedies tend to rely on the language of the original plays, while the comedies are more freely adapted. But all of the Lambs' stories--with their clear, supple, and rhythmic prose--reward any reader, whether encountering Shakespeare for the first time or revisiting his work. This edition of Tales from Shakespeare is reproduced from one first published in 1909 and features 12 full-color paintings and many drawings by the renowned illustrator Arthur Rackham.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Il re di tutti i bigini

    Scritto nel 1807 in un inglese che rimane attualissimo, “Tales from Shakespeare” è il testo su cui generazioni e generazioni di bambini inglesi si sono avvicinati – in prosa - al grande poeta. Utile anche per i “dummies” come me. Non so se sia stato ...(continue)

    Scritto nel 1807 in un inglese che rimane attualissimo, “Tales from Shakespeare” è il testo su cui generazioni e generazioni di bambini inglesi si sono avvicinati – in prosa - al grande poeta. Utile anche per i “dummies” come me. Non so se sia stato il padre di tutti i bigini, ma sicuramente ne è il re per la chiarezza cristallina, l’attenzione al linguaggio e gli intenti educativi che traspaiono dalla commovente prefazione originale. Tanto da travalicare i suoi stessi intenti e diventare, a sua volta, un piccolo classico.

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    Razu said on Aug 26, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    non mi ha colpito particolarmente.
    ad ogni modo scorrevole e ben scritto.

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    rosewood said on Jun 20, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    Read it sometimes, and I don't read the stories in order. Don't really like reading plays so this book is good for me because it converted the plays into short stories. So, it is quite lovely, Thanks to the Lamb brother and sister!!!

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    Amily said on Oct 1, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    Ma Shakespeare una via di mezzo tra finale drammatico e l'happy-ending proprio non ti piace?

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    42. said on Dec 29, 2008 | Add your feedback

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