The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

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From the conjectured identity of the Dark Lady of the Sonnets to the staging of Othello in South Africa, The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare is the most comprehensive reference work available on Shakespeare's works, times, life, and afterlives. A team of internationally renowned scholars provides a stimulating and authoritative guide to Shakespeare's plays and poems, and their interpretation around the world over the last four centuries.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 01/01/2014
An essential reference work, this dictionary-style collection of entries on topics related to Shakespeare includes actors, directors, theater companies, critics, contemporaries, and themes, with longer articles on each of the plays and poems. (LJ 10/15/01)
From the Publisher

"It is difficult to think of a topic that is not touched upon in this new handbook....Its embrace of all things Shakespearean makes this volume a necessity for academic and public libraries."--Booklist [STARRED REVIEW] "Heavy and oversized, but it's also packed with more than 3,000 entries on the plays and poetry of William Shakespeare.,,.A gift of scholarship and entertainment."--Chicago Tribune "Written to complement rather than critique the works of Shakespeare, this erudite but immensely readable volume is an essential addition to the Oxford Shakespeare....Authoritative yet succinct, this belongs in any library serving Shakespeare students and scholars."--Library Journal

"The volume's greatest strength is the detailed attention given to the evolution of Shakespeare as literary giant and cultural icon over four centuries."--Choice "For loads of hard information on Shakespeare's canon, this well-illustrated, encyclopedic reference book offers play synopses, critical analysis, and much more for the Bard buff."--Seattle Times "A diverse collection of information not only on the man and his plays, but on performers and directors, and works as exhibited in varied media."--Charleston Post & Courier

"A virtual Baedeker to Shakespeare country!"--Providence Journal "The encyclopedia is inexpensive for such a useful and handsome volume."--American Reference Book Annual 2002

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192806147
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/5/2009
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 984,902
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 3.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Dobson is Professor of Renaissance Drama at the University of Surrey Roehampton. He has also taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Harvard University, and Oxford. Stanley Wells is Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and Professor of Shakespeare Studies Emeritus, and Director of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. He has been the general editor of the Oxford Shakespeare since 1978.

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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements Contributors Thematic Listing of Entries List of plays Note to the reader Oxford Companion to Shakespeare A-Z The British Isles and France in the English Histories and Macbeth
The royal family in Shakespeare's English Histories Shakespeare's life, works, and reception: a partial chronology Further reading Picture acknowledgements

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