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Tales from Shakespeare
Charles Lamb
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 1807



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No better introduction to William Shakespeare's dramatic masterpieces exists than the delightful prose adaptations of Charlesand 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.

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Tales from Shakespeare
1807
These tales form an introduction to Shakespeare's greatest plays. They aim to bring alive the power of Hamlet and Othello, the fun of As You Like It and the drama of Pericles and convey Shakepeare's wit, wisdom and humanity, without losing the feel of his language.
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