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Shakespeare A to Z: The Essential Reference to His Plays, His Poems, His Life and Times, and More

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What famous essayist insisted that Shakespeare's play were unfit for performance?

-Which two plays center on the Hundred Years' War?

-In which scene of "Romeo and Juliet" does the nurse report—falsely—that Juliet is dead and thus seal Romeo's tragic fate?

The answers are easily found in Shakespeare A To Z, the only single-volume reference to virtually everything one needs—or wants—to know about the Bard. Wonderfully informative, this ...

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New York, NY 1990 Hard cover New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. 752 p. Contains: Illustrations. Critical Companion (Hardcover). Audience: General/trade.

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New York, New York, U.S.A. 1990 Hardcover New 0816018057. --742 pages; clean and crisp, tight and bright pages, with no writing or markings to the text.

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Overview

What famous essayist insisted that Shakespeare's play were unfit for performance?

-Which two plays center on the Hundred Years' War?

-In which scene of "Romeo and Juliet" does the nurse report—falsely—that Juliet is dead and thus seal Romeo's tragic fate?

The answers are easily found in Shakespeare A To Z, the only single-volume reference to virtually everything one needs—or wants—to know about the Bard. Wonderfully informative, this comprehensive work includes 3,000 entries and 50 illustrations.

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This work invites comparison with the Reader's Encyclopedia of Shakespeare (1966). Both provide remarkable levels of detail on virtually any aspect of Shakespeare's life and art. The Reader's Encyclopedia, however, is now nearly a quarter of a century old; it does not, for example, include entries for Branagh's 1989 film of Henry V or Joseph Papp, the noted producer, both included here. But it is much broader in scope, including bibliographies as well as articles on such figures as Stendahl (author of a book on Shakespeare). More comprehensive, it may still be the best book on the subject, but it is now out of print. Boyce's work is well done and much more current, and it includes many unique entries. It will be a useful complement for libraries owning the Reader's Encyclopedia and a fine addition for those that don't. -- Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mich.
School Library Journal
YA-- This massive and fascinating volume of Shakespeareana is unquestionably a classic compendium of information on the Bard of Avon. Here are synopses of all of Shakespeare's plays by act and scene; sketches of all of his characters, as well as the historic personages on whom some of them were based; biographies of his contemporaries in the Elizabethan theater; portraits of many of the actors who achieved fame in his plays; and mentions of many modern theatrical works that have been influenced by him. One can also find definitions of literary and theatrical terms relevant to his work, along with descriptions of the places that figured so prominently in Shakespeare's plays. The book is truly a treasure trove of information for students of Shakespeare, of English literature, and of Elizabethan and modern theater.--Richard Lisker, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Subtitled A guide to the portrait painters of early Australia with special reference to colonial New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land to 1850, with detailed biographies, catalogues of works, and sources of Australian portraiture. A reprint (in typescript) of the author's master's thesis (Australian National U.). Those who aren't put off by the sloppy editing and poor quality b&w photographs (some 600) of portraits will find this an incredible storehouse of information, not only on a too-little-known body of art, but on the history, culture, and native peoples of Australia. Published by Eureka Research of Sydney, Australia. The US address is 1231 Asbury Ave., Evanston, IL 60202-1101. This alphabetical, encyclopedic reference comprises some 3,000 entries on a wide variety of topics related to Shakespeare's life, times, works and literary heritage, and is suitable for general readers and students at all levels. Cross-referenced, with an appendix/index, it includes 25 b&w photographs, an equal number of line drawings, and a select bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816018055
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/1990
  • Series: Literary a to Z Series
  • Pages: 742
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.63 (d)

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