Shakespeare Stories

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 288 pages
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By skillfully weaving his own prose with Shakespeare's language, Leon Garfield has refashioned twelve of the Elizabethan playwright's most memorable dramas into stories, capturing all the richness of the characters, plot, mood, and setting. This format will delight both those who know the great dramatist's works and those who are new to them. Michael Foreman's dramatic color illustrations and varied black-and-white line drawings are the perfect complement to this celebration of Shakespeare's genius.

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These are stunningly well told versions of the plays. They give not only the story, but a wonderful sense of the theatrical - you read and enjoy a visual sensation as well as the speech of Shakespeare ... Read full review

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I read Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Nights Dream. It was quite hard but also very descriptive! I loved Romeo And Juliet a lot because of the connection between Romeo & Juliet. It tuched my heart and i also like how they could love each other even though they lived in different tribes. The story is sad and happy at the same time!
A Midsummer Nights Dream is a bit confusing but at the end how the story comes together is amazing. This story is like a mixed up love mash. It was a bit complex and hard so i didn't get a bit of it but it was still so fun.

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Twelfth Night
King Lear
The Tempest
The Merchant of Venice
The Taming of the Shrew
King Richard the Second
King Henry IV Part One
Romeo and Juliet
A Midsummer Nights Dream

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About the author (1998)

MICHAEL FOREMAN is one of the world's leading illustrators of children's books and the winner of several major awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal. His work ranges from picture books to fairy tales and original children's fiction. He is the illustrator of many Harcourt books, including Michael Foreman's Mother Goose, Joan of Arc, and Arthur, High King of Britain. He divides his time between London and St. Ives, England, his childhood home. Leon Garfield, the distinguished author of more than thirty books for children and adults, has won numerous literary awards and honors, including the Carnegie Medal. Before his death in 1996, he lived in London with his wife, author Vivien Alcock, and their daughter.

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