Tales from Shakespeare by Charles LambI vaguely recall some years ago Venezuela set up a government department called the Ministry of Love. The idea was to inculcate in poor women the understanding that their babies from the very moment they were born would respond to any stimuli. Poverty shouldnt stop mothers from giving their babies experience of smell and sound and touch and...
My parents certainly wanted that for us. Knowing how poor we were when I was little, I still marvel at the amazing opportunities they conjured up for us to experience so much of the world in an utterly non-judgmental fashion. There was nothing we wouldnt go to, car races or the football as readily as the art gallery or the library. But for me the best, the most wonderful thing we did, was theatre.
I was maybe seven, and the oldest of four children, when we went to our first Shakespeare. We were so lucky that my parents had a brilliant understanding of how to make this easy. We always read the story - Charles Lamb, of course - first and wed discuss it.
Then my father would play a game with us. He knew quite a few Shakespeare plays by heart and wed get to test him. Well, being the oldest and best at reading, I got the supporting role. Id read a line from the play and hed say who said it and when. He was always right, Id be reduced to trying things like Halt and wed wait with breath bated while he decided if that was guard one or guard two. It was exciting!
Once we got there, wed sit in the front row, entranced. How could Shakespeare not be the most wonderful thing after that start?
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Published: Genre: Children's Literature. Created by the brother and sister duo Charles and Mary Lamb though only Charles was credited when the book first appeared in , Tales has never been out of print in English, and has been translated into at least 40 languages worldwide — including Chinese, where it became sensationally popular in the early s.
The 100 best nonfiction books: No 73 – Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb (1807)
Tales from Shakespeare is an English children's book written by brother and sister Charles and Mary Lamb in The book is designed to make the stories of Shakespeare's plays familiar to the young. Marina Warner , in her introduction to the Penguin edition, says that Mary did not get her name on the title page till the seventh edition in Tales from Shakespeare has been republished many times. It was first published by the Juvenile Library of William Godwin under the alias Thomas Hodgkins and his second wife, Mary Jane Clairmont, who chose the illustrations, probably by William Mulready   . Eyles in In , the book was supplemented with some additional tales by Harrison S.
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