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Tales from Shakespeare

by Charles and Mary Lamb


Illustrated by Arthur Rackham, 1899, 1909



Tales from Shakespeare was written by Charles Lamb (1775-1834) and his sister Mary Lamb (1764-1847) in 1807 as a prose adaptation for children. We present here the edition as illustrated by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) in 1899 and 1909. Mary wrote most of the comedies, about 14 of the 20.

We use the public domain files first scanned by Tokuya Matsumoto and donated to Project Gutenberg. However, we correct many misspellings (e.g., "velour" for "valour") and restore italicized phrases. We have added tailpieces to several stories whose page layout in the book did not require them; we have moved the position of the pictures to the appropriate places in the text, and we could not reproduce a couple of textual tricks such as tapering indents in the last paragraphs of two stories. We have changed the original text and line art color from black on white to brown on yellow.

For Lamb's essays and other material online, see

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