Tales from Shakespeare

Tales from Shakespeare

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Charles and Mary Lamb bring vividly alive the power of Hamlet and Othello, the fun of As You Like It and the drama of Pericles. Conveying all Shakespeare's wit, wisdom and humanity, and never losing the feel of his beautiful language, these tales are classic literature in their own right.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786183951
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 07/20/2010
Edition description: Library Edition
Pages: 8
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Charles Lamb (1775-1834) was an English essayist, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, which he produced along with his sister, Mary Lamb.

Table of Contents

The Tempest1
A Midsummer Night's Dream16
The Winter's Tale31
Much Ado About Nothing45
As You Like It61
The Two Gentlemen of Verona82
The Merchant of Venice99
King Lear133
All's Well That Ends Well166
The Taming of the Shrew182
The Comedy of Errors196
Measure for Measure214
Twelfth Night; or, What You Will233
Timon of Athens250
Romeo and Juliet267
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark289
Pericles, Prince of Tyre326

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Tales from Shakespeare (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I began reading this book in third grade, and absolutely loved it. If you don't like Shakespeare or reading, you probably won't like it. It has wonderful overviews for children who can't read the plays yet.
lorileeke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an audio version of Tales From Shakespeare, the IDEAL primer for anyone interested in becoming familiar with the works of the great bard. The stories¿ warmth and clarity make them pleasurable reading even to confirmed Shakespeareans. The brother/sister team of Charles and Mary Lamb retold Shakespeare¿s fourteen comedies and six tragedies in prose form in 1807, they wanted to make the stories accessible to children and to offer moral education to the young ¿ something for which Shakespeare had a natural talent. Let us not underestimate young readers: they love a complex story with many and varied characters, twists of plot, and turns of fate as much as anyone ¿ but they draw the line at reading in unfamiliar language. The Lambs provide a real feast of plain fare, and flavor it with as many tasty tidbits of Shakespearean language as they felt the young reader could easily digest. This is a FOUNDATIONAL book to one¿s education. It WILL add to one¿s cultural literacy.
owenre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Such a slender little volume and how apparently unimportant. After all, if one reads seriously, why a collection of retold versions of the bard aimed at school children. Ah, but they are witty and to the point and entirely delightful.Recently I have been reading something that extolled the virtues of Charles Lamb, so I have been feeling the need to fill in the gaps in my education caused by a far too liberal education. And I have been intrigued by the stories of Mary Lamb, who was a sad and sorry case. This little edition seemed a likely introduction.Ah, well, with the strongly worded warning that the retelling of the Merchant of Venice is distasteful to be kind, may I say that this is a blithe book. I want to buy it for any student who is slogging through class readings without the guide of an inspired teacher. Heck, I want to buy it for all sorts of people who don't get Shakespeare. The two authors quote a smattering of stirring speeches, carefully chosen and in enough quantity to whet and not slake a taste for dialogue. Most of the big plays, the tragedies are the sphere of Charles Lamb, while the comedies belong to his sister. She has a wry wit that flutters happily through Puck, Benedick, Rosalind and she pitches her tone to be as a confident to the reader.On another point,I really like the cover and want to see more Sadowski.
emilyl31395 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this book is great to approach before reading the original. I had read Romeo and Juliet before I read this book and had some confusion in some parts. However, if I had read this book before reading the original, I would have had less trouble at reading Romeo and Julliet. Also, all the stories are quite short and fast-paced. I was able to finish one story before I got bored.I really enjoyed reading this - more than I thought I would.
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readerT More than 1 year ago
I loved reading all of the stories. They are all moving and great for anyone who is interested in Shakespeare's plays. They are easy to read. Love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not knowing much of Shakespeare, but wanting to understand all the hype (400+ years is a pretty long time.), I began to read some of the Lamb's summaries. I was entranced. So many of the illusions to Shakespeare that I'd read and heard made sense. It's the beginning of the development of my right brain!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used this book at the High School I went to in the U.S. equivalent of grade 8. This book was not only easy to understand but sparked my interest in this time period and Shakespeare's works in their original form. This book is one of the books I have saved from high school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't read all of the storys in it, but what i have read is great!!!!!!!! I really recomend this to any shakespeare fans!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
we had to read this book in the 7th grade for our english/lit studies. we had all heard most of these stories before, and Tales From Shakespeare completely missed alot of the key parts that Shakespeare put in, especially in A Misummer Night's Dream. They completely left out the play within the play. i think a more detailed book would be better for studying Shakespeare's themes and writing styles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a terrible book! I had to read it for school (8th grade) and i didn't understand a thing!!!!....the plots are great, but the language-whoooeee!!!!it was a killer!! but if ya like hard, boring, confusing, stressful books --good luck!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you kidding? I tried to buy this book three times, and you cancel the sale three times. Why? Because I live in Brazil, and you do not sell here. Amazon does. Anyway, I can not review a book that you REFUSE TO SELL TO ME.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it doesn't even deserve one star!!! why would you even consider reading this book?? it makes no sense what-so-ever!!!!! i'd rather eat dirt than go through the pain and misery of reading this book again (or does it even deserve the name 'book' ? it's more like a dictionary with English words from a 100 years ago!!! i'm sorry if you ever have to go through the torture that i went through.......(i could go on and on and on, but i think you get my drift!!!!)