TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE by Charles and Mary Lamb (hier online bestellen)
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.
This famous retelling of twenty of Shakespeare's plays by Charles and Mary Lamb has delighted generations of adults
as well as children and provides entertaining and informative introductions to these great works.
Using prose to simplify plot and language but incorporating some of the original speeches, the Lambs remeined sensitive to
the original plays, brilliantly re-creating characters and action. From the overpowering drama of Hamlet and Macbeth
to the engaging wit of The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's best-kown tragedies and comedies
are brought vividly to life.
Presented with charm and clarity, these tales can be enjoyed as a helpful preface to the original plays or simply as enriching and
unforgettable stories in themselves.
Extract from book:
From Hamlet, King of Denmark:
"Gertrude, queen of Denmark, becoming a widow by the sudden death of King Hamlet, in less than two months
after his death married his brother Claudius, which was noted by all people at the tome fpr a strange act of
indiscretion, or unfeelingness, or worse: for this Claudius did no ways resemble her late husband in the
qualities of his person or his mind, but was as contemptible in outward appearance, as he was base and
unworthy in disposition; and suspicions did not fail to arise in the minds of some, that he had privately
made away with his broher, the late king, with the view of marrying his widow, and ascending the throne
of Denmark, to the exclusion of young Hamlet, the son of the buried king, and lawful successor to the throne."
About the author:
Charles Lamb (1775-1834), English essayist and poet, most famous for his collection Essays of Elia
(1823, 1833). The poem "The Old Familiar Faces" and the essay "Dream Children" are among his most popular
Lamb was born in London on February 10, 1775. He studied at Christ's Hospital where he formed a lifelong
friendship with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. When he was twenty years old Lamb suffered a period of insanity.
His sister, Mary Ann Lamb, had similar problems and in 1796 murdered her mother in a fit of madness. Mary was
confined to an asylum but was eventually released into the care of her brother.
Lamb became friends in London with a group of young writers who favored political reform including Percy
Bysshe Shelley, William Hazlitt and Leigh Hunt. In 1796 Lamb contributed four sonnets to Coleridge's Poems
on Various Subjects (1796). This was followed by Blank Verse (1798) and Pride's Cure (1802).
Tales from Shakespeare (1807) which he wrote in collaboration with his sister and The Adventures Of Ulysses
(1808) were valuable retellings of classic works for children. Lamb's critical comments in Specimens of English
Dramatic poets who lived about the time of Shakespeare (1808) are among the classics of English criticism.
Lamb worked for the East India Company in London for 33 years but managed to contribute articles to several
journals and newspapers including the London Magazine, The Morning Chronicle, The Morning Post and The
Charles Lamb died on 29 December, 1834.
TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE by Charles and Mary Lamb
Broschiert - 313 Seiten - Penguin Books
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 1995
Preis: € ??? (used)
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