- Hardcover: 377 pages
- Publisher: Outlet (May 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0517621568
- ISBN-13: 978-0517621561
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 20.3 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,474,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tales from Shakespeare Hardcover – 1 May 1991
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The most popular rewritten version of Shakespeare's plays. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Charles Lamb (1775a1834) is an English essayist best known for his "Tales from Shakespeare," which he produced with his sister, Mary Lamb (1764a1847).
Marina Warner is a prizewinning author of fiction, criticism, and history. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book served its purpose very well and I have now given it to my sons aged 7 and 9 who have found it extremely enjoyable. The best part of this book is the way it weaves a rich tapestry in layman's language without the confusing and often ambiguous old English of the original transcripts.
Lamb's Tales makes an excellent primer for those going to see the plays in traditional old English. The book allows all the complex plot elements and characters to be understood and spotted in the live play. The prose format allows the reader to conjure up the images and situations more readily than if struggling with the poetry.
I heartily recommend this book to all ages.
Yes, the book might have been originally aimed at children who lived in 1807, but it still can be used today by all ages as a useful overview of 20 of the Bard's plays. As you might expect, the language is a little archaic but it does a good job of giving background on the major characters and their role in the play, whilst more or less keeping the prose as simplistic enough as a fairy tale. It even includes some of the original speech which, when placed in prose context, seems much less cryptic than when first read in play form. If only I'd bought this book when I studied A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest and Hamlet! I will definitely, if I get the chance, recommend it to my classmates.
What else can I say? I good, useful book that should well belong on everyone's bookcases as a point of reference. Well done Mr and Mrs Lamb!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
just what was described and fulfilled requirement of the plays being precisedPublished 2 months ago by mark @wigan
Lovely illustrations by Arthur Rackham and great way to understand the complexities of Shakespeare.Published 3 months ago by Eileen C