Tales from Shakespeare: [Illustrated Edition]

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The following Tales in the Book are meant to be submitted to the young reader as an introduction to the study of Shakespeare, for which purpose his words are used whenever it seemed possible to bring them in; and in whatever has been added to give them the regular form of a connected story, diligent are has been taken to select such words as might least interrupt the effect of the beautiful English tongue in which he wrote: therefore, words introduced into our language since his time have been as far as possible avoided.

- THE TEMPEST
- 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
- CYMBELINE
- KING LEAR
- MACBETH
- 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
- OTHELLO
- PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE.

In those tales which have been taken from the Tragedies, the young readers will perceive, when they come to see the source from which these stories are derived, that Shakespeare's own words, with little alteration, recur very frequently in the narrative as well as in the dialogue; but in those made from the Comedies the writers found themselves scarcely ever able to turn his words into the narrative form: therefore it is feared that, in them, dialogue has been made use of too frequently for young people not accustomed to the dramatic form of writing. But this fault, if it be a fault, has been caused by an earnest wish to give as much of Shakespeare's own words as possible: and if the 'He said,' and 'She said,' the question and the reply, should sometimes seem tedious to their young ears, they must pardon it, because it was the only way in which could be given to them a few hints and little foretastes of the great pleasure which awaits them in their elder years, when they come to the rich treasures from which these small and valueless coins are extracted; pretending to no other merit than as faint and imperfect stamps of Shakespeare's matchless image. Faint and imperfect images they must be called, because the beauty of his language is too frequently destroyed by the necessity of changing many of his excellent words into words far less expressive of his true sense, to make it read something like prose; and even in some few places, where his blank verse is given unaltered, as hoping from its simple plainness to cheat the young reader into the belief that they are reading prose, yet still his language being transplanted from its own natural soil and wild poetic garden, it must want much of its native beauty.
It has been wished to make these Tales easy reading for very young children. To the utmost of their ability the writers have constantly kept this in mind; but the subjects of most of them made this a very difficult task. It was no easy matter to give the histories of men and women in terms familiar to the apprehension of a very young mind. For young ladies too, it has been the intention chiefly to write; because boys being generally permitted the use of their fathers' libraries at a much earlier age than girls are, they frequently have the best scenes of Shakespeare by heart, before their sisters are permitted to look into this manly book; and, therefore, instead of recommending these Tales to the perusal of young gentlemen who can read them so much better in the originals, their kind assistance is rather requested in explaining to their sisters such parts as are hardest for them to understand: and when they have helped them to get over the difficulties, then perhaps they will read to them (carefully selecting what is proper for a young sister's ear) some passage which has pleased them in one of these stories, in the very words of the scene from which it is taken; and it is hoped they will find that the beautiful extracts, the select passages..
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Apr 15, 2016
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Pages
250
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9786059654098
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English
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Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Anthologies
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 In the early years of the nineteenth century, Charles and Mary Lamb published several children’s books, including the famous ‘Tales from Shakespeare’, which would have a lasting influence on the course of children’s literature. Charles Lamb is also notable for his essays under the pseudonym Elia for the London Magazine. His style is highly personal and mannered, conjuring nostalgic scenes with humour and pathos. This comprehensive eBook presents Charles and Mary Lamb’s complete works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)


* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to the authors’ lives and works

* Concise introductions to the famous texts

* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts

* Excellent formatting of the texts

* Famous works such as ‘Tales from Shakespeare’ and ‘The Adventures of Ulysses’ are fully illustrated with their original artwork

* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry

* Easily locate the poems you want to read

* Includes Lamb’s complete prose works

* Features Charles and Mary Lamb’s letters - spend hours exploring the authors’ personal correspondence

* Special criticism section, with 9 essays evaluating Charles Lamb’s contribution to literature

* Features four biographies, including Gilchrist’s seminal work on Mary Lamb - discover the authors’ intriguing lives

* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres


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CONTENTS:


The Collaborative Works

JOHN WOODVIL

TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE

MRS. LEICESTER’S SCHOOL

POETRY FOR CHILDREN


Charles Lamb’s Fiction

A TALE OF ROSAMUND GRAY AND OLD BLIND MARGARET

THE ADVENTURES OF ULYSSES


Charles Lamb’s Plays

MR H.; OR BEWARE A BAD NAME

THE PAWNBROKER’S DAUGHTER

THE WITCH

THE WIFE’S TRIAL


Charles Lamb’s Non-Fiction

ON THE TRAGEDIES OF SHAKESPEARE

WITCHES AND OTHER NIGHT FEARS

ELIA AND THE LAST ESSAYS OF ELIA

RECOLLECTIONS OF CHRIST’S HOSPITAL

MISCELLANEOUS PROSE


Charles Lamb’s Poetry

POEMS FROM BLANK VERSE

THE KING AND QUEEN OF HEARTS

PRINCE DORUS

SATAN IN SEARCH OF A WIFE

ALBUM VERSES

MISCELLANEOUS POEMS


The Poems

LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER


Mary Lamb’s Essay

ON NEEDLE-WORK BY ‘SEMPRONIA’


The Letters

THE LETTERS OF CHARLES AND MARY LAMB


The Criticism

CHARLES LAMB by Thomas de Quincey

ELIA, AND GEOFFREY CRAYON by William Hazlitt

CHARLES LAMB by Walter Pater

CHARLES LAMB by Arthur Symons

CHARLES LAMB by John Cowper Powys

CHARLES LAMB by Charles Edwyn Vaughan

CHARLES LAMB by S. P. B. Mais

CHARLES LAMB by Hattie Tyng Griswold

CHARLES LAMB by Augustine Birrell


THE LETTERS OF CHARLES LAMB by Augustine Birrell

CHARLES LAMB by A. St. John Adcock


The Biographies

CHARLES LAMB by Walter Jerrold

CHARLES LAMB: A MEMOIR by Barry Cornwall

CHARLES LAMB by Alfred Ainger

MARY LAMB by Mrs. Gilchrist


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A Dissertation
upon Roast Pig


This book include
Charles Lamb’s biography and his works.
  



A Dissertation Upon Roast Pig
is a collection of food-related essays from the early 19th century, with a
humorous bent. They're but a few pages each - a light read to bring a smile to
your face, then on to the next little foodie treat.
 



Charles Lamb's writing is
playful and amusing. He'll have you chuckling away at his creation myth for the
titular roast pig, then set your mouth watering with an enticing description of
its succulence. It's not quite all-out food porn, but I would quite like some
crackling, even though I'm full right now. Food might be the broad umbrella
under which all his essays find themselves, but there's nothing samey about any
of the offerings, whether it be the hungry chimney sweeps, metaphors of London
fogs as food, or a pun-heavy conceit of the days of the year all coming to a
feast.
 



The only possible criticism
is one that often applies to collections of essays or short stories: that it's
all very well done and a pleasant read, but it's never quite substantial enough
to really get your teeth into. Each piece does everything they set out to do -
they're clever, engaging and evocative - but they're not so roaringly funny
that you'll grab the nearest person and insist they read it, or delve into deep
deep food fantasies. There's a sense of Very good. Next? Wonderful as a light
snack, but lacking slightly as a main meal.
 



Beyond the format (and that's
not something that you'd want to change anyway), there's nothing to knock in 'A
Dissertation Upon Roast Pig. It speaks to a modern audience as much as it did
to its 19th century audience. Such is the quality of the writing that there's
little to date it; it's as sparkling as it ever was. Timeless humour is
particularly difficult to achieve, and this is greatly to Lamb's credit.
 



If you're looking for a high
quality yet relaxed read, with humour and food woven together, then A
Dissertation Upon Roast Pig is an excellent choice. You might not head back for
leftovers the next day, but that's by no means the end of the world. Warmly
recommended.

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