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[edited And Rendered Into Modern English By Jenny Mueller].

By William Shakespeare, 1564-1616

This tale of the immortal Prince of Denmark delves deeply into the complexities of the human soul as it recounts Hamlet's tragic struggle to avenge his father's death. Books in this new, illustrated series present complete texts of Shakespeare's plays. However, the lines are set up so students can see the bard's original poetic phrases printed side-by-side and line-by-line with a modern "translation" on the facing page. Starting in the late 1580s and for several decades that followed, Shakespeare's plays were popular entertainment for London's theatergoers. His Globe Theatre was the equivalent of a Broadway theater in today's New York. The plays have endured, but over the course of 400+ years, the English language has changed in many ways—which is why today's students often find Shakespeare's idiom difficult to comprehend. Simply Shakespeare offers an excellent solution to their problem. Introducing each play is a general essay covering Shakespeare's life and times. At the beginning of each of the five acts in every play, a two-page spread describes what is about to take place. The story's background is explained, followed by brief descriptions of key people who will appear in the act, details students should watch for as the story unfolds, discussion of the play's historical context, how the play was staged in Shakespeare's day, and explanation of puns and plays on words that occur in characters' dialogues. Identifying icons preceding each of these study points are printed in a second color, then are located again as cross-references in the play's original text. For instance, where words spoken by a person in the play offer insights into his or another character's personality, the "Characters" icon will appear as a cross-reference in both the introductory spread and the play proper. Following each act, a closing spread presents questions and discussion points for use as teachers' aids. Guided by the inspiring format of this fine new series, both teachers and students will come to understand and appreciate the genius of Shakespeare as never before.




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Format: Book
Author: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
Title: Hamlet / [edited and rendered into modern English by Jenny Mueller].
Publisher Date: Hauppauge, NY : Barron's Educational Series, c2002.
Subject: Hamlet (Legendary character) -- Juvenile drama. Princes Fathers -- Death Murder victims' families Children's plays, English Denmark
Isbn: 0764120840 (pbk.)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 3
Call Number: 822.33 Sha
Oclc: 47989870
Bib Id: 177490

Format: Book
Author: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
Title: Hamlet / [edited and rendered into modern English by Jenny Mueller].
Publisher, Date: Hauppauge, NY : Barron's Educational Series, c2002.
Description: 350 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Series: Simply Shakespeare
Series: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Simply Shakespeare
Subjects: Hamlet (Legendary character) -- Juvenile drama.
Subjects: Princes
Subjects: Fathers -- Death
Subjects: Murder victims' families
Subjects: Children's plays, English
Subjects: Denmark
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 341-346).
LCCN: 2001043295
ISBN: 0764120840 (pbk.)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: 822.33 Sha