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Nesbit, The Children's Shakespeare (Page 10)

Nesbit emphasizes the difficulty of the task and the children’s need for narrative, rather than Shakespeare’s distinctive language. For grown-up Nesbit, “the stories are the least part of Shakespeare.”

Nesbit, The Children's Shakespeare (Introduction)
Nesbit’s introduction presents a rationale for prose adaptations in the guise of depicting her children’s reproachful bafflement by the difficulty of Shakespeare’s language.