Eight Shakespearean Tragedies Retold as Short Stories in Modern English by Charles Lamb

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If you’ve ever tried to read Shakespeare’s plays but had trouble with the language, these retellings, as short stories in modern English, are for you. Equivalent in length to a physical book of approximately 140 pages, this Kindle edition includes the Bard’s eight best-known tragedies.


Antony and Cleopatra
Julius Caesar
King Lear
King Richard III
Romeo and Juliet

Sample passage:

Juliet awoke out of her trance, and seeing the friar near her, she remembered the place where she was, and the occasion of her being there, and asked for Romeo; but the friar, hearing a noise, bade her come out of that place of death, and of unnatural sleep, for a greater power than they could contradict had thwarted their intents; and being frightened by the noise of people coming, he fled: but when Juliet saw the cup closed in her true love’s hand, she guessed that poison had been the cause of his end, and she would have swallowed the dregs if any had been left, and she kissed his still warm lips to try if any poison yet did hang upon them; then hearing a nearer noise of people coming, she quickly unsheathed a dagger which she wore, and stabbing herself, died by her true Romeo’s side.

About the authors:
Charles Lamb (1775-1834) and his sister, Mary Lamb (1764-1847), were English writers who collaborated on “Tales from Shakespeare” (1807), where five of these stories first appeared. Harrison Smith Morris (1856-1948) was an American author, editor, and critic. His “Tales from Shakespeare” (1893), where three of these stories first appeared, includes retellings from the Lambs’ earlier book as well as additional retellings of his own.

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Published February 14, 2011 by A. J. Cornell Publications. 105 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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