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Tales from Shakespeare

Charles Lamb Mary Lamb

Published by Penguin Classics | Language - English | Binding - Paper Back

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About the Book: Tales from Shakespeare

Charles and Mary Lamb have delighted generations of adults as well as children with their famed prose renderings of Shakespeares originals. Bringing the plays to life in a form that encourages readers to enjoy and explore, Tales from Shakespeare provides an entertaining and informative introduction to the great works while retaining much of Shakespeares lyricism, phrasing and rhythm. It is a captivating work of Romantic storytelling as well as the original literary homage to the Bard.

About the Author: Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb

Charles Lamb (1775-1834) and his elder sister, Mary Anne Lamb (1764-1847), collaborated on three books for children, of which Tales from Shakespeare is the best known. It was the first book to clarify Shakespeares stories and played a major part in raising peoples awareness of the great playwright.

Charles and Mary Lamb were born at Crown Office Row in the Inner Temple in London, where their father was a confidential clerk to one of the lawyers. Charles won a scholarship to the charitable school Christs Hospital, and while there became friendly with an older student, Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In 1789 Lamb started work as a clerk, first with a city merchant, moving in 1791 to work at South Sea House, and then finally to work for the East India Company, where he filled in ledgers for thirty-three years. He described his time there as a prisoner to the desk . . . almost grown to wood. Members of the Lamb family were prone to mental instability and for a short time in 1795 Charles was confined to a mental institution. Although his stay there was brief, he lived under a shadow of madness and suffered from other breakdowns during his life. In 1796 Mary, in a fit of insanity, stabbed both their parents, fatally injuring their mother. The court judged her insane and Mary spent about a year in a lunatic asylum before being released into Charless care. He looked after her for the rest of his life and she in return repaid him with great sympathy and kindness. Forced to move from house to house because of malicious gossip concerning Marys past, they lived in London, and then from 1823 in Islington, Enfield and Edmonton. Charles Lamb died in 1834. Neither Charles nor Mary ever married.

Charles Lamb started writing poetry in the early 1790s and together with Coleridge wrote sonnets for the Morning Post. Through his friendship with Coleridge, Charles and Mary got to know the Wordsworths, Southey, Hazlitt and other major literary fi gures; their various houses became important gathering places for literary friends. Charles tried his hand unsuccessfully at drama and one of his plays, Mr H., a farce, was hissed off the stage at Drury Lane in 1806. His best work is found in his essays and criticism and also in his stories for children-along with Tales from Shakespeare (written jointly with Mary in 1807) he wrote The Adventures of Ulysses (1808) and Beauty and the Beast (1811). Regarded by some as the fi nest critic of his time his Specimens of English Dramatic Poets Who Lived about the Time of Shakespeare (1808) stimulated interest in the old English dramatic authors. In 1820 he started contributing essays signed by Elia to the London Magazine. These were successfully collected as The Essays of Elia in 1823; a subsequent volume appeared in 1833. A warm-hearted and well-loved man, Charles was also a great letterwriter and some of his best observations are scattered throughout his correspondence.

In addition to collaborating with her brother on Tales from Shakespeare and Poetry for Children (1809), Mary also wrote the greater part of Mrs Leicesters School (1809), a book of stories for children which draws heavily on autobiographical detail.


Book: Tales from Shakespeare
Author: , ,
ISBN-13: 9780143427124
Product Code 9780143427124
Binding: Paper Back
Publishing Date: 2016-11-01
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Number of Pages: 288
Language: English

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