The Facts On File Companion to Shakespeare 5-Volume Set / Edition 3

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Baker (English, Northern Illinois Univ.; Shakespeare) and Womack's (English, Penn State Univ.; Books and Beyond) excellent work provides essays, criticism, historical data, and interpretative articles for the bard's readers in high school and above. Shakespeare's poems, sonnets, and plays are included. The first volume offers background essays about the playwright, the times in which he wrote, and his poems. In alphabetical order by title, the remaining volumes include descriptions, interpretation, criticism, importance, and influence of his work. Photographs, reproductions, documents, and other illustrations are included throughout. VERDICT Providing greater detail than either Oscar James Campbell's The Reader's Encyclopedia of Shakespeare (Fine Communications, 1998), A.D. Cousins's The Shakespeare Encyclopedia, or Stanley W. Wells and Michael Dobson's The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, this set will be a welcome addition to libraries serving serious readers of Shakespeare. An essential source for insightful interpretations of Shakespeare's poetry and plays.—Marilyn Lary, San Bernardino, CA
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Students and general readers with an interest in Shakespeare will benefit from the array of texts covered and the clear and concise essays and explanations of the Bard's works provided here. The set opens with several background essays discussing, among other topics, Shakespeare's life and the cultural and political climate in which he lived and worked. Other essays tackle his language (a potential rocky issue for novice readers) and the controversy still surrounding authorship of his works. These essays are only a substantive prelude to the assistance the work offers in deciphering and truly getting a firm grasp on Shakespeare's characters and themes: the rest of the volumes discuss each major poem and all of the plays credited to the man. Although the texts are not included, a synopsis of all of the action is, as are sections on "key passages" and "difficult passages" (likely to be well used), characters studies, and both classic and recent critical analyses. A thorough bibliography completes each analysis. This collection is a must-have for all public and school libraries. A serious, accessible discussion of Shakespeare's works and tools for the future study of it.—Carol Fazioli, Barth Elementary School, Pottstown, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816078202
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 2240
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 5.50 (d)

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