The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

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From the conjectured identity of the Dark Lady of the Sonnets to misprints in the First Folio, from Shakespeares favorite figures of speech to the staging of Othello in South Africa, The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare offers the most comprehensive coverage available on all aspects of Shakespeares life and works.

Illustrated with more than 100 photographs and boasting contributions from a team of internationally renowned scholars (including such noted Shakespeare authorities as Helen Vendler, Park Honan, and Jonathan Bate), the Companion has more than 3,000 entries that offer succinct, stimulating, and authoritative commentary on Shakespeares life and times, his plays and poems, and their interpretation around the world over the last four centuries. All Shakespeares plays from As You Like It and Alls Well that Ends Well to King Lear and Hamletare covered in major articles. There are concise descriptions of allusions in Shakespeare (Ajax, Agamemnon), well-known critics (Samuel Johnson, John Dryden), great Shakespearian actors (Richard Burbage, Lawrence Olivier, Kenneth Branagh), characters in the plays (Mercutio, Ophelia), figures of speech (metaphor, metonymy, oxymoron), and much more. Longer articles explore topics such as Shakespeares birthplace, censorship, the Chamberlains Men, film, and Shakespeares reception in such countries as China, Italy, and the United States.

Bringing its readers up to date not only with the latest in Shakespearian scholarship and controversy but with the plays most recent incarnations on stage, film, and in international popular culture, this is the perfect companion to Shakespeares works, covering everything from Aaron to Zeffirelli, and from Shakespeare in schools to Shakespeare in Love.

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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)
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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: 365,920
  • 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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