Tales from Shakespeare (Penguin Classics) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2007/12/18
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Celebrated prose retellings of Shakespeare's plays
Charles and Mary Lamb have delighted generations of adults as well as children with their famed prose renderings of Shakespeare's originals. Bringing the plays to life in a form that encourages readers to enjoy and explore, Tales from Shakespeare provides an entertaining and informative introduction to the great works while retaining much of Shakespeare's lyricism, phrasing, and rhythm. It is a captivating work of Romantic storytelling as well as the original literary homage to the Bard.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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.
Marina Warner is a prize-winning writer of fiction, criticism, and history; her works include novels and short stories as well as studies of female myths and symbols. Her recent books include: The Leto Bundle (2001), Signs & Wonders: Essays on Literature and Culture (2003), and Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds: Ways of Telling the Self (2004).
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here we have a great tool for those being introduced to shakespeare and his vast body of work. to the new shakespeare reader, it can be difficult (through language and writing style) to understand the stories of each play, however this book breaks them down into understandable stories, as well as includes a comprehensive glossary of the main characters in each of the plays covered.
this book covers the following plays:
a midsummer night's dream
the winter's tale
much ado about nothing
as you like it
the two gentlemen of verona
the merchant of venice
all's well that ends well
the taming of the shrew
the comedy of errors
measure for measure
twelfth night; or, what you will
timon of athens
romeo and juliet
hamlet, prince of denmark
pericles, prince of tyre
when i was in high school, each fall, the drama club would go to ashland, oregon, home of the largest stateside shakespeare festival (and a modified recreation of the old globe theatre) to see several plays. how i wish i would have had this book back then for reference!
a bonus here with the puffin classics is the addition of backstory included at the end of the book. here you can learn more about the author, the characters, and so much more. what a delightful thing to include!
i have purchased most of these puffin classics editions, and will certainly look for future additions to add to my collection.