The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

by Michael Dobson, Stanley Wells
     
 

ISBN-10: 0192806149

ISBN-13: 9780192806147

Pub. Date: 03/05/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare is the most comprehensive reference work available on Shakespeare's life, times, works, and his 400-year global legacy. In addition to the authoritative A-Z entries, it includes nearly 100 illustrations, a chronology, a guide to further reading, a thematic contents list, and special feature entries on each of Shakespeare's works.

Overview

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare is the most comprehensive reference work available on Shakespeare's life, times, works, and his 400-year global legacy. In addition to the authoritative A-Z entries, it includes nearly 100 illustrations, a chronology, a guide to further reading, a thematic contents list, and special feature entries on each of Shakespeare's works. Tying in with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this much-loved Companion has been revised and updated, reflecting developments and discoveries made in recent years and to cover the performance, interpretation, and the influence of Shakespeare's works up to the present day.

First published in 2001, the online edition was revised in 2011, with updates to over 200 entries plus 16 new entries. These online updates appear in print for the first time in this second edition, along with a further 35,000 new and revised words. These include more than 80 new entries, ranging from important performers, directors, and scholars (such as Lucy Bailey, Samuel West, and Alfredo Michel Modenessi), to topics as diverse as Shakespeare in the digital age and the ubiquity of plants in Shakespeare's works, to the interpretation of Shakespeare globally, from Finland to Iraq. To make information on Shakespeare's major works easier to find, the feature entries have been grouped and placed in a centre section (fully cross-referenced from the A-Z). The thematic listing of entries - described in the press as 'an invaluable panorama of the contents' - has been updated to include all of the new entries. This edition contains a preface written by much-lauded Shakespearian actor Simon Russell Beale.

Full of both entertaining trivia and scholarly detail, this authoritative Companion will delight the browser and reward students, academics, as well as anyone wanting to know more about Shakespeare.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192806147
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/05/2009
Edition description:
New
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.80(h) x 3.60(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Foreword
Preface to the 1st edition
Preface to the 2nd edition
Acknowledgements
Contributors
Thematic listing of entries
List of plays
Note to the reader
The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare
Map of British Isles and France in English Histories and Macbeth
Family tree of the royal family in Shakespeare's English Histories
Shakespeare's life, works, and reception: a partial chronology, 1564-1999
Further reading
Picture acknowledgements
Contents
Foreword
Preface to the 1st edition
Preface to the 2nd edition
Acknowledgements
Contributors
Thematic listing of entries
List of plays
Note to the reader
The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare
Map of British Isles and France in English Histories and Macbeth
Family tree of the royal family in Shakespeare's English Histories
Shakespeare's life, works, and reception: a partial chronology, 1564-1999
Further reading
Picture acknowledgements

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