Shakespeare's Bawdy / Edition 4

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Overview

This classic of Shakespeare scholarship begins with a masterly introductory essay analysing and exemplifying the various categories of sexual and non-sexual bawdy expressions and allusions in Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. The main body of the work consists of an alphabetical glossary of all words and phrases used in a sexual or scatological sense, with full explanations and cross-references.
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Editorial Reviews

David Crystal
It reads as freshly today as it did fifty years ago, when it surprised everyone with its originality and daring, an intriguing blend of personal insight and solid detective-work. If ever a word-book deserved to be called a classic, it is this.
Anthony Burgess
Eric was a human lexicographer, like Samuel Johnson. He was a philologist rather than a linguist. He knew what Chomsky was doing and what had happened to phonology in Prague, but he eschewed the strict scientific approach. Linguistics is scared of semantics and prefers to concentrate on structures, leaving the study of the meaning of words to anthropologists - or, perhaps with misgivings, to Johnsonian word-lovers like Eric Partridge.
Ralph Elliott
Shakespeare's Bawdy's status as a pioneering study remains unchallenged.
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'It reads as freshly today as it did fifty years ago, when it surprised everyone with its originality and daring, an intriguing blend of personal insight and solid detective-work. If ever a word-book deserved to be called a classic, it is this.' - David Crystal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415255530
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Partridge (1884-1979) was the author of some three dozen books, mainly on the aspects of the English language. Stanley Wells is an eminent Shakespearean scholar and the general editor of Oxford Shakespeare.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Essay 1
1 Introductory 1
2 Non-Sexual Bawdy 9
3 Homosexual 13
4 Sexual 19
5 General 53
6 Valedictory 59
Index to Essay 61
Glossary 65
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