At the heart of any great work of literature is a story. William Shakespeare's plays are no exception. They tell the stories of kings and queens, of romance and passion. But to get to the stories at the heart of the Bard's plays, the reader must first work through Shakespeare's language—a task often too demanding for younger readers (and many adults). This new paperback edition brings ten of Shakespeare's greatest plays to life. E. Nesbit, the classic British children's author, tells the stories at the core of the plays with a generous sprinkle of wit and humor. Her graceful, vivid retellings, written in highly accessible and lucid prose, are the perfect introduction to Shakespeare's work. The text is illustrated with dramatic black-and-white photographs from contemporary productions of the plays by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Stratford Festival (Ontario, Canada), and the Folger Library's Shakespeare Theater.
Included in this anthology are:
- Romeo and Juliet
- King Lear
- Merchant of Venice
- As You Like It
- Winter's Tale
- Twelfth Night
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