Tales from Shakespeare

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The following Tales 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. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Hesperides Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
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Read Books Ltd
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Published on
Feb 17, 2015
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Pages
409
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ISBN
9781473370449
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Language
English
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Genres
Drama / Shakespeare
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
Literary Collections / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Literary Criticism / Shakespeare
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More than just a rousing send-up of Shakespeare, Anythynge You Want To: Shakespeare's Lost Comedy is a full-length theatrical entertainment, written and rewritten continually throughout The Firesign Theatre's long performing career. This volume collects every iambic double entendre and silly soliloquy into a surreal comedy opus, complete with Firesign's "scholarly" Introduction, tongue-in-cheek Footnotes, diagrams, and even recipes!

The Firesign Theatre has infused the classic Shakespearian scenes of hurricanes at sea, witches capering about a cooking pot, apparitions on the battlements, graveyard passion, and mortal combat with their notoriously twisted political and social humor.  A devastating oil spill, alchemical terrorism, sleezy politics, and Hollywood shenanigans are all part of the laughs.

As The Firesign Theatre tells it, the legendary writing/acting quartet has been writing and performing plays since 1600 when they collaborated with the Bard on Anythynge before taking their act on the road to the New World. Reborn in the Old West as Dr. Firesign's Theatre of the Plains, these fighting clowns have since worn many disguises and had countless high adventures on stage, in movies, and over the radio.

The tales told here fill in the comic mythology of The Firesign Theatre's most popular recorded worlds, connecting Nick Danger and George Tirebiter to Hemlock Stones, The Electrician, and "Everything You Know is Wrong." Bonus scripts include 1967's radio saga The Armenian's Paw and an early club-act favorite, Waiting for The Mount of County Crisco.

Filled with photographs from performances, along with graphics by Bruce Litz, Anythynge You Want To is truly The Firesign Theatre's major work of high comedy.
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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