All the Words on Stage: A Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the plays of William Shakespeare / Edition 1

All the Words on Stage: A Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the plays of William Shakespeare / Edition 1

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by Louis Scheeder, Shane Ann Younts
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1575252147

ISBN-13: 9781575252148

Pub. Date: 04/01/2002

Publisher: Smith & Kraus, Inc.

All The Words on Stage is a pronunciation dictionary of Shakespearean theatre vocabulary. A comprehensive glossary includes character names, place names, and all unfamiliar words, as well as words whose pronunciation is affected by the iambic pentameter line. A respelling system and phonetic transcriptions make this guide accessible to an audience ranging from

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All The Words on Stage is a pronunciation dictionary of Shakespearean theatre vocabulary. A comprehensive glossary includes character names, place names, and all unfamiliar words, as well as words whose pronunciation is affected by the iambic pentameter line. A respelling system and phonetic transcriptions make this guide accessible to an audience ranging from high-school students to academic specialists. All The Words on Stage also includes a chapter on verse scansion and an appendix detailing language usage specific to each play.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575252148
Publisher:
Smith & Kraus, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Series:
Career Development Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,179,787
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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All the Words on Stage: A Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the plays of William Shakespeare 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing resource for actors at all levels who perform Shakespeare. It's easy to use and comprehensive. Along with the invaluable pronunciation dictionary it includes an extremely helpful section on scanning and notes on each of the plays. It will give you an extra boost of confidence when you walk into any Shakespeare audition or rehearsal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So wonderful, extremely helpful, easy to use and a must have in my toolbox.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'All the Words on Stage' is a much needed resource book for every theater company, actor, student-actor, and reader of Shakespeare's plays. Not only is the book organized in a user-friendly way but it is crammed with information - the pronunciation of every word but also a chapter on scanning the lines, a Latin section, and a short paragraph about each of the plays. Surfing the net I found the book's website and it was extremely informative. It is WWW.ALLTHEWORDSONSTAGE.COM. For anyone who wants some information about the book before purchasing it, this is a terrific way to investigate it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an amazing dictionary. No longer do we have to trip over the words in Shakespeare's plays. Every word you look for is listed in an easy to find format. The way the words are spelled out is so clear that you don't even need the Guide to Pronunciations. I've looked at another book on pronuciations in Shakespeare's plays but it was not complete and the way it was put together was confusing. 'All the Words on Stage' is set up with a straight alphabetical listing just like a regular dictionary. I recommend it to anyone who loves to read or act Shakespeare!
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the Words on Stage should be in every class room and theater in America (and Canada and England). The attention to detail is extraordinary. Not only is the basic pronunciation of each word given but also the pronunciations that are possible depending on how the line is scanned! The chapter on Scanning and the Afterthoughts at the end of the book are also excellent. Strongly recommended for students, actors and everyone who reads Shakespeare.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been searching for a book like this for years but nothing existed until the authors researched and wrote 'All the Words on Stage'! It is so thorough - every word you need is here. The only other pronunciation books I've seen are incomplete (don't include all of the plays) or one of them just has the character names. This book is so accessible and can be used in any productions from professional theater to community theater. It will get Shakespeare off of the dusty library shelves and on to the stage. I think the point of a production of Shakespeare is for it to be clear enough that the audience understands the extraordinary language. This book will go a long way towards making that happen. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Shakespeare.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For years, actors, directors, and dramaturges have struggled with a variety of materials for guidance on the pronunciation of Shakespeare's names, along with a multitude of other resources that helped with the pronunciation of obscure words appearing in his plays. Now Shane Ann Younts and Louis Scheeder, who work in the rehearsal studio with this text every day, have put everything - names plus unfamiliar words - into one easy-to-carry book, with phonetic pronunciations that are so easy to read that they can be instantly applied. This is a groundbreaking work for everyone involved in the rehearsal process of Shakespeare's plays. Every Shakespeare actor or student should own a copy, and no rehearsal table should lack one or three copies for easy reference during every stage of the rehearsal process! Thank-you for creating a terrific tool to assist us in this day-to-day process of moving the words off the page in order to bring them to life on the stage. Bravo!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While working on Shakespeare, I often find myself wondering how much the sense of the text is being sacrificed because of my uncertainties with pronunciations. 'All the Words on Stage' has helped me tremendously in making sense of Shakespeare's text. I think every actor should have this book. Hooray! Thank you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't have asked for a more concise and easy to use tool for all ages. The book is complete with the pronunciations for not only the innumerable amount of questionable words in Shakespeare, but it also has a summary of how language was used in each of Shakespeare's plays, as well as a complete Latin section for all of those impossible to pronounce phrases. This will prevent all the disagreements and arguments that are caused as a result of differing opinions on Shakespeare's pronunciation. It levels out the playing field of Sir William for a price that won't hurt your pockets, in a size that won't hurt your back, and a format that won't hurt your brain. Well worth the investment!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book. If you're an actor and you've been cast in a Shakespeare play, this is a great book to have. When I look through this book, I'm embarrassed to see how many times I've pronounced a word wrong in the past, and nobody ever corrected me! It's nice to know that won't happen again. This book is easy to read and contains lots of interesting information that I haven't seen anywhere else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an extraordinary book. We've been waiting a long time for a pronunciation dictionary with all of the words in Shakespeare. The years of research that must have gone in to this boggles the mind. Students, actors, directors, and everyone who loves Shakespeare will want a copy of this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an indispensable guide for anyone directing, performing or studying Shakespeare. Written by two master teachers, it has been painstakingly researched and designed with great care. I wish I'd had access to this terrific tool years ago. - N.K., professional actor/director in theatre and film
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this book because I was just cast in a production of Midsummer Night's Dream and thought it would come in handy. Boy, has it ever! I've used it to look up EVERY word I was unsure of...and there were MANY! I'm embarrassed at how many words in Shakespeare I've mispronounced both in class and in productions in the past (and nobody told me about it!). This book is great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Talk about demystification! This is a very easy-to-read, exhaustively researched and clearly written guide for actors, students (of all ages) and anyone arguing about Shakespeare around the dinner table. The authors have filled a real need for Shakespeare fans by writing this book. Thank you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With all the thousands of books about Shakespeare's plots, characters, and themes, finally there is the one that has been missing from the collection. All The Words On Stage gives you the key to go inside the pronunciation and therefore the poetry of the Bard. From sonnets to soliloquys, this book gives you all the tools to 'speak the speech' the way Shakespeare intended. If you are an actor auditioning for Shakespeare or performing on stage, this book is a must have. If you are just a fan of Shakespeare, this book will guide you and open your ears to the sounds and rhythms of the greatest playwright.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is comprehensive, easy to use, and necessary for any actor who does Shakespeare. I am hard pressed for a more useful book to help the actor transfer Shakespearean text from the page to the stage. Buy this book-you will not be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful blessing this book is for all of us.It is so simply laid out and so easily understandable that anyone is capable of using this book from the actor to the audience to the person who simply likes to read Shakespeare.This book takes away a fear that american actors have about not being able to perform Shakspeare. I find this book to be flawless and it should belong in everyone's home library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book allows me to glide over the Bard's Prose with an 'ffortless tongue. Whilst I feel more meaning from the words, when I knowth how to speakst correctly. I think its a great tool for any actor to get at the truth that lies within the text.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a student, facing the formidable task of acting Shakespeare, I believe this book is indispendable! Ms. Younts and Mr. Scheeder have taken on an ovewhelming challenge, and created a book that should be required on every actor's bookshelf!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Without this guide I would be lost when speaking Shakespeare. It is a key which unlcoks Shakespeare's music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a acting student, who is often given the challenge of performing Shakespeare, I can say that this book is SIMPLY INDISPENSABLE. Ms. Younts and Mr. Scheeder have taken on an absolutely monumental task, and created a book that every student of acting should be required to own. If you don't own it....BUY IT!!! You will be glad that you did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, no more stumbling and tripping over numerous names, places, Gods while trying to perform Shakespeare with confidence. This book is truly a gift from nature, it abhors a vacuum and fills it. It shall sit proudly beside the Lexicon as my other indispensible source when scanning and preparing a piece of Shakespeare for performance or for my students.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At last, a book devoted to pronunciation for Shakespeares' plays. And now, after seventeen years in the theatre, no longer do I need to fear the erudite audience member waiting for me at the stage door to correct my pronunciation of one of Shakespeare's more obscure words or names. They're all here, in this wonderfully researched and authoritative text that is remarkably easy to use and understand. It will be my trusty companion whenever I audition, rehearse, or simply sit in a comfortable chair and read the immortal genius that is William Shakespeare.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Auditioning and performing Shakespeare? Want to do it well? You need this book. This extremely handy red volume boasts of an easy-to-use pronounciation key and the phonetical explanation and scanning possibilities of every single persnickity word (including characters' names) in every single one of Shakespeare's plays. With this book in hand, I no longer embarass myself in auditions by butchering the pronounciation of names like 'Hermoine,' 'Palamon,' etc., etc. HIGHLY recommended.