Ten Tales from Shakespeare

Courier Corporation
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Charles Lamb, a distinguished English essayist, collaborated with his sister, Mary, to create enthralling prose retellings for young readers of some of Shakespeare's most beloved works. This selection from their 1807 publications features The Tempest; A Midsummer Night's Dream; As You Like It; The Merchant of Venice; King Lear; Macbeth; The Taming of the Shrew; Romeo and Juliet; Hamlet; and Othello.
"What these tales shall have been to the young readers," Charles Lamb wrote, "that and much more it is the writers' wish that the true plays of Shakespeare may prove to them in older years — enrichers of the fancy, strengtheners of virtue, a withdrawing from all selfish and mercenary thoughts, a lesson of all sweet and honorable thoughts and actions. To teach courtesy, benignity, generosity, humanity: for of examples, teaching these virtues, his pages are full."
Simple and compelling, these vibrant retellings of the great playwright's timeless tales will undoubtedly charm readers of all ages.
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Charles Lamb was born in London, England in 1775. He was educated at the well-known Christ's Hospital school, which he attended from age eight to 15. It was there that he met Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who became a lifelong friend; the friendship was to have a significant influence on the literary careers of both men. Lamb did not continue his education at the university, probably because of a nervous condition that resulted in a severe stammer. Instead, he went to work as a clerk, eventually becoming an accounting clerk with the East India Company, where he worked for most of his adult life. However, he continued to pursue his literary interests as well and became well-known as a writer. His best work is considered to be his essays, originally published under the pen name Elia, but Lamb also wrote poetry, plays, and stories for children under his own name. In 1796, Lamb's sister, Mary Ann, went mad and attacked her parents with a knife, killing her mother and wounding her father. She was placed in an institution for a time, but was eventually released into her brother's guardianship. This incident, and later periods when she was institutionalized again, had a great effect on Lamb, who had always been very close to his sister. Charles and Mary Ann Lamb collaborated on several books, including Poetry for Children, Mrs. Leicester's School, and Beauty and the Beast. Probably their best-known collaboration, however, was Tales from Shakespeare, a series of summaries of the plots from 20 Shakespearean plays, which was published in 1807. Charles Lamb died in 1834.

Mary Lamb (1764-1847) collaborated with her brother Charles on several books for children, including their famous children's collection "Tales from Shakespeare", published in 1807.

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Publisher
Courier Corporation
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Published on
Mar 5, 2012
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Pages
160
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ISBN
9780486114385
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Language
English
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Genres
Drama / Shakespeare
History / Europe / Great Britain / General
Juvenile Fiction / Classics
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Book 8
 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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