The best of Shakespeare

E. 1858-1924 Nesbit

Book - 1997

Simplified prose retellings of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, The Tempest, King Lear, Macbeth, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, and The Winter's Tale. At the heart of any great work of literature is a story. William Shakespeare's plays are no exception. His plays tell stories of kings and queens, of ghosts and witches, of romance and passion. But to get to the story at the heart of the plays, the reader must first work through Shakespeare's language, a ta...sk often too great for younger readers (and for many adults). Now, in this new edition, E. Nesbit, the classic British children's author, brings ten of Shakespeare's greatest plays to life. She shakes off the burdensome complexity of Shakespeare's language and tells the stories at the core of the plays. Sprinkled with her own dashes of wit and humor, her graceful, vivid retellings, using accessible language, are the perfect introduction to Shakespeare's work. Nesbit's stories are also the perfect way for adults to brush up on the ins and outs of Shakespeare's plays. Who can remember the names of King Lear's three daughters? Was Romeo a Montague or a Capulet? What, exactly, was Hamlet's problem?

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Series
Iona and Peter Opie library of children's literature.
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Published
New York : Oxford University Press ©1997.
Language
English
Physical Description
110 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
0195116895
9780195116892
9780195132137
0195132130
9781442007048
1442007044
Main Author
E. 1858-1924 Nesbit (-)
Other Authors
William Shakespeare, 1564-1616 (-)
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Merchant of Venice
  • Twelfth night
  • Hamlet
  • Tempest
  • King Lear
  • Macbeth
  • As you like it
  • Winter's tale
  • Othello.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Gr. 4^-6. Sandwiched between the appreciative introduction by Iona Opie and the more analytical afterword by Peter Hunt are 10 retellings of Shakespeare's most famous plays, written by E. Nesbit. Shorter and more colloquial than the Lambs' classic versions, these stories don't recapitulate every subplot but capture the essential events and retain a little of the original wording. In a departure from the painterly illustrations that accompany most retellings, this volume features photographs from productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as several North American companies. The use of photographs gives the book a less childish look than other retellings. A good choice for young people seeking an introduction to the tales or for older folk looking for a refresher. ((Reviewed October 15, 1997)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Simplified prose retellings of "Romeo and Juliet," "Hamlet," "The Merchant of Venice," "Othello," "The Tempest," "King Lear," "Macbeth," "As You Like It," "Twelfth Night," and "The Winter's Tale"

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Simplified prose retellings of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, The Tempest, King Lear, Macbeth, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, and The Winter's Tale.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An inviting introduction to Shakespeare for children retells, in modern English, the stories in ten of the Bard's greatest plays, illustrated with dramatic black-and-white photographs from modern productions on the English stage. UP.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

At the heart of any great work of literature is a story. William Shakespeare's plays are no exception. His plays tell stories of kings and queens, of ghosts and witches, of romance and passion. But to get to the story at the heart of the plays, the reader must first work through Shakespeare'slanguage, a task often too great for younger readers (and for many adults). Now, in this new edition, E. Nesbit, the classic British children's author, brings ten of Shakespeare's greatest plays to life. She shakes off the burdensome complexity of Shakespeare's language and tells the stories at thecore of the plays. Sprinkled with her own dashes of wit and humor, her graceful, vivid retellings, using accessible language, are the perfect introduction to Shakespeare's work. Nesbit's stories are also the perfect way for adults to brush up on the ins and outs of Shakespeare's plays. Who can remember the names of King Lear's three daughters? Was Romeo a Montagu or a Capulet? What, exactly, was Hamlet's problem? All of these major works are included in this collection: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, As You Like It, The Winter's Tale, and Twelfth Night. The text is illustrated throughout with dramatic black and white photographs from modern productions of the plays by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Stratford Festival (Ontario, Canada), and the Folger Library's Shakespeare Theater, bringing the action and characters to life. Also included is anafterword by Peter Hunt, a leading scholar of children's literature. These retellings of the classic tales of one of the world's greatest playwrights remind us that it is never too early for Shakespeare.