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A Dictionary of Shakespeare (Oxford Paperback Reference) (1998)

by Stanley Wells

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The dictionary is good, although it doesn't discuss about all of the narrative features of the Bard. What is mostly included are the terms associated with all the drama productions, the famous stage actors who played a major role in the history of productions, dates and developments, quarto and folio editions terms, details about the Globe theatre, etc. This is a good edition for AS level/A level students and first year undergraduates. To dig deeper, I'd recommend Frank Kermode's 'Shakespeare's Language'. ( )
  soniaandree | Jul 8, 2009 |
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This volume is intended as a companion and guide to reading Shakespeare's plays and to experiencing them where they belong, in the theatre.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0192800647, Paperback)

This concise, illustrated dictionary of Shakespeariana, compiled by one of the best-known authorities on his works, contains alphabetically arranged entries guiding the reader to a wealth of information on all aspects of Shakespeare in his own time and on his impact and influence on later ages.
Stanley Wells provides clear entries on: Shakespeare's life and times, the sources and early publication of his works, their performance history on stage and screen, actors such as Edmund Kean and Kenneth Branagh, and writers especially associated with them, operas and other musical works deriving from them, theaters, editions, international Shakespeare organizations--in short, on all aspects of Shakespearean interest. The volume is complemented by a series of striking pronouncements about Shakespeare over the ages from Jane Austen to Bernard Levin, tables providing interesting facts about the plays, famous documents bearing Shakespeare's signature, and a useful guide to further reading.

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This concise, illustrated dictionary of Shakespeariana, compiled by one of the best-known authorities on his works, contains alphabetically arranged entries guiding the reader to a wealth of information on all aspects of Shakespeare in his own time and on his impact and influence on later ages. Stanley Wells provides clear entries on every facet of Shakespearean interest, including the Bard's life and times, the sources and early publication of his works and their performance history on stage and screen, actors such as Edmund Kean and Kenneth Branagh and writers especially associated with them, derivative operas and other musical works, theaters, editions, international Shakespeare organizations, and more. The volume is complemented by a series of striking pronouncements about Shakespeare over the ages from Jane Austen to Bernard Levin, tables providing interesting facts about the plays, famous documents bearing Shakespeare's signature, and a useful guide to further reading.… (more)

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