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Tales from Shakespeare Hardcover – 1 May 1991

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  • 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)

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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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Format: Paperback
I read this book as a child; my mother gave it to me and my brother before we went to see the plays. It was an excellent introduction to the plays and to the world of Shakespeare, and helped me understand what I was watching. I also enjoyed reading the stories themselves, and familiarized myself with Shakespeare this way. It made a huge difference, as became quite clear to me when we read Henry IV in ninth grade in school, a play for which I had no Lamb version. I didn't understand that play and took no pleasure in it, whereas I did enjoy much harder plays (e.g., Othello, A Winter's Tale, etc.) that I had the Lambs' help with. Depending on reading level, the Lambs' book would be appropriate for anyone from seven or eight to 13 or 14 years old.
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Format: Paperback
I read this book as a child of eight (back in 1970). It was a gift from my scientist father (an avid Shakespeare fan) as an introduction to Shakespeare.
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.
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As an A level English student soon to begin studying Othello in depth, I decided to buy this book as a way of introducing myself to the plot of the play and the characters. Although I have not read any of the other stories yet, if the Lambs' retelling of The Moor of Venice is anything to go by it was worth spending 85p on a used copy!

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!
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Great book especially for all those who hated Shakespeare at school and did not bother with anthimg other than the book we had to study for exams. Great to have a precis of all the story lines especially helpful if you come across friends with an abiding interest in the subject you will have a bit of an idea what they are talking about.Knowledge good for quizzes and crossword clues. I think some children would find it interesting too. In the words of one of the great barristers I may not understand but at least I am better informed.
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this book makes reading shakespeare easy...how to read so many stories quickly. think a book about Lamb & his sister would be worth while reading too
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