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Tales From Shakespeare


The stories of Shakespeare

Audience All ages; helpful for Classical Conversations Challenge I students and used in Challenge III communities
Accessibility Students can read independently
Preparation None—can be used to prepare for teaching original Shakespeare plays
Ease of use Large font size, average margin size
Author Charles and Mary Lamb
Page Count 308
Format Paperback
Publication Date First published in 1807, republished in 2007

General Description

This highly praised collection of stories has been used for more than 200 years to introduce the Shakespeare novice to the Bard’s greatest works. Rather than overwhelming your students by jumping straight into complex Shakespearean language, begin with these easier-to-read prose adaptations. Once your student has had a chance to enjoy the humor, craftsmanship, and creativity of these masterful stories, you can transition to Shakespeare’s original works. This book contains 20 popular tales from Shakespeare, retold in an approachable style that critics deem “an excellent introduction to the plays and to the world of Shakespeare.”


  • The Tempest
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • The Winter’s Tale
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • As You Like It
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • Cymbeline
  • King Lear
  • Macbeth
  • All’s Well that Ends Well
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • Measure for Measure
  • Twelfth Night; or, What You Will
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