Shakespeare's Bawdy: A Literary and Psychological Essay and a Comprehensive Glossary

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Shakespeare's Bawdy must rank as one of the great Eric Partridge's most outstanding accomplishments. In it, Partridge was able to combine his detailed knowledge of Shakespeare with his unrivalled knowledge of Elizabethan slang and innuendo. Shakespeare's Bawdy is a work of delight and insight that has an appeal that transcends time and class.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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.
Ralph Elliott
Shakespeare's Bawdy's status as a pioneering study remains unchallenged.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525470557
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/29/1960
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Partridge (1894-1979) Etymologist and lexicographer, best known for his lively and unconventional dictionaries which include A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English and Usage and Abusage.

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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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