The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare
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The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

by Dobson, Michael / Wells, Stanley (Eds.) Dobson, Michael / Wells, Stanley (Eds.)
     
 

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare is the most comprehensive reference work available on Shakespeare's life, times, works, and his 400-year global legacy. In addition to the authoritative A-Z entries, it includes nearly 100 illustrations, a chronology, a guide to further reading, a thematic contents list, and special feature entries on each of Shakespeare's works.

Overview

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare is the most comprehensive reference work available on Shakespeare's life, times, works, and his 400-year global legacy. In addition to the authoritative A-Z entries, it includes nearly 100 illustrations, a chronology, a guide to further reading, a thematic contents list, and special feature entries on each of Shakespeare's works. Tying in with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this much-loved Companion has been revised and updated, reflecting developments and discoveries made in recent years and to cover the performance, interpretation, and the influence of Shakespeare's works up to the present day.

First published in 2001, the online edition was revised in 2011, with updates to over 200 entries plus 16 new entries. These online updates appear in print for the first time in this second edition, along with a further 35,000 new and revised words. These include more than 80 new entries, ranging from important performers, directors, and scholars (such as Lucy Bailey, Samuel West, and Alfredo Michel Modenessi), to topics as diverse as Shakespeare in the digital age and the ubiquity of plants in Shakespeare's works, to the interpretation of Shakespeare globally, from Finland to Iraq. To make information on Shakespeare's major works easier to find, the feature entries have been grouped and placed in a centre section (fully cross-referenced from the A-Z). The thematic listing of entries - described in the press as 'an invaluable panorama of the contents' - has been updated to include all of the new entries. This edition contains a preface written by much-lauded Shakespearian actor Simon Russell Beale.

Full of both entertaining trivia and scholarly detail, this authoritative Companion will delight the browser and reward students, academics, as well as anyone wanting to know more about Shakespeare.

Editorial Reviews

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

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198117353
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Dobson is Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Director of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, an executive trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and an honorary governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company: his previous appointments include posts at Oxford, Harvard, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of London, and he has held fellowships and visiting appointments in California, Sweden and China. His publications include The Making of the National Poet (1992), England's Elizabeth (with Nicola Watson, 2002), Performing Shakespeare's Tragedies Today (2006), and Shakespeare and Amateur Performance (2011).

Stanley Wells, CBE, FRSL, is Honorary President, Life Trustee, and former Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He was Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Director of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, from 1988-1997, and is now Emeritus Professor. He is an Honorary Emeritus Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has been General Editor of the Oxford Shakespeare since 1978 and is General Editor of the Penguin Shakespeare. One of the most distinguished Shakespearian scholars currently working, his publications include The Oxford Dictionary of Shakespeare (1998), Shakespeare: The Poet and his Plays (2001), The Oxford Shakespeare: King Lear (2001), Shakespeare For All Time (2002), Shakespeare & Co (2006), Shakespeare, Sex, and Love (2010), Great Shakespeare Actors (2015), and Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction (2015).

Will Sharpe is a teaching fellow at the University of Birmingham. He contributed a monograph-length study on 'Authorship and Attribution' to the RSC/Palgrave volume William Shakespeare and Others: Collaborative Plays (2013). He has prepared textual commentaries on Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, and Henry VIII for the New Oxford Shakespeare (2016).

Erin Sullivan is a lecturer and fellow at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on Shakespeare and the history of emotions and Shakespeare and cultural celebration. She is co-editor of The Renaissance of Emotion (Manchester, 2015), Shakespeare on the Global Stage (Arden, 2015), and A Year of Shakespeare (Arden, 2015).

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