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Tales from Shakespeare

Wordsworth Children's Classics

By Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb, Arthur Rackham (Illustrated by)

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Format: Paperback, 288 pages, Revised Edition
Other Information: Ill.
Published In: United Kingdom, 05 August 1994
Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb was written to be an 'introduction to the study of Shakespeare', but are much more entertaining than that. All of Shakespeare's best-loved plays, comic and tragic, are retold in a clear and robust style, and their literary quality has made them popular and sought-after ever since their first publication in 1807. This edition contains the delightful pen-and-ink drawings of Arthur Rackham.
EAN: 9781853261404
ISBN: 1853261408
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Dimensions: 19.63 x 12.78 x 1.6 centimeters (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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If you want to learn as a novice the tales of Shakespeare, then this is the book to read. A children's novel of his famous plays. Now to the English Shakespearean scholar this would seem like Shakespeare for dummies, but I would only partially agree. This is a great book to be introduced and gives a general framework before reading him. Even after reading this, its not an easy task trying to read Elizabethan English, which even the experts argue on some of the terms and expressions used. And so, this book lets you understand and I find its written rather well in Charles and Mary Lambs authorship.

After reading this book, which also make good for second, third and fourth readings, I found it much easier to absorb a recent bio on Shakespeare which was very enlightening, Will of the World by Stephen Greenblatt and also other books which attempt explanatory meanings of Elizabethan English to his plays and sonnets. Now you know what the plays are about and go from there. This is a great book, I treasure it.

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