The Shakespeare Book Of Lists


The Shakespeare Book of Lists catalogs Shakespeare's life, his times, his use of language and choice of words, the best and most insulting lines from his plays and poems, the actors who have performed his plays, the theaters where they ...
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The Shakespeare Book of Lists catalogs Shakespeare's life, his times, his use of language and choice of words, the best and most insulting lines from his plays and poems, the actors who have performed his plays, the theaters where they have been performed, and the videos, films, and spin-offs we have all grown to love.

The book contains every imaginable topic relating to Shakespeare including:
-Facts and myths about Shakespeare's life.
-Food and drink references in the plays.
-Famous last words.
-The bawdy plays.
-Dysfunctional families.
-Passionate lovers.
-The top-10 songs from the plays.
-The top-grossing Shakespeare films.
-The funniest and nastiest lines found in his plays.
-The best and worst comedies, tragedies, and romances, and reasons why.
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Editorial Reviews

Subtitled, this volume contains lists of Shakespeare-related topics. Each chapter covers a different aspect of Shakespeare and his works, followed by corresponding lists. Some examples include facts and myths about Shakespeare's life, the top ten songs from the plays, 150 everyday expressions that originated in the plays, female Hamlets, and famous last words. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564145246
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 983,982
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction "List, List, Oh List" 13
Chapter 1 Shakespeare's Life "The Web of Our Life is a Mingled Yarn" 19
Twenty Questions 19
A Shakespeare Timeline 20
Major Documentary Evidence About Shakespeare 24
Shakespeare's Signatures 25
Shakespeare's Will 25
Myths About Shakespeare's Life 26
The Authorship Question 26
And the Nominees Are 27
Skeptics and Doubters: the Anti-Stratfordians 27
Louis Marder on the Authorship Question 28
Some Random Thoughts About Shakespeare 33
Chapter 2 Shakespeare's England "These Most Brisk and Giddy-Paced Times" 37
The Most Common Elizabethan Names 37
For Men 37
For Women 37
Unusual Names 38
For Men 38
For Women 38
Elizabethan Nicknames 38
Shakespeare's favorite names 38
The Spelling of Shakespeare's Name 39
Cakes and Ale 40
Beverages 40
Vegetables 41
Fruits and Nuts 42
Meat and Fowl 43
Wild Animals and Game 44
Fish 44
A Woman's Work is Never Done 45
Services and Occupations 45
"Put Money in Thy Purse" 45
Elizabethan Money 47
Foreign Coins 48
Shakespeare's Monetary References 48
Clothing 49
Men's Clothing 50
Women's Clothing 50
Men's Beards 51
The Four Humours 51
Common Ailments 51
Estimated Plague Deaths in London 52
Holidays and Celebrations 53
Chapter 3 Shakespeare's Language "Words, Words, Words" 57
The Most Common Words Used by Shakespeare 57
A to Z: Some Words First Used by Shakespeare 57
80 Troublesome Words Used in the Plays 58
125 Odd Words Used by Shakespeare 59
Word Frequency Lists 61
Antony and Cleopatra 61
As You Like It 62
Hamlet 63
Julius Caesar 64
Henry IV, Part 1 65
King Lear 66
Love's Labour's Lost 67
Macbeth 68
The Merchant of Venice 69
A Midsummer Night's Dream 70
Much Ado About Nothing 71
Othello 72
Richard II 73
Romeo and Juliet 74
The Taming of the Shrew 76
The Tempest 77
The Naughty Bits 77
75 Words for Sexual Intercourse and Orgasm 78
70 Words for Male genitalia 78
70 Words for Female genitalia 79
Chapter 4 Lines From the Plays "Yes, Yes; the Lines Are Very Quaintly Writ" 81
"Who's There?" The Opening Lines 81
The Closing Lines 84
First Lines from the Sonnets 90
Famous Last Words 94
"For Goodness Sake": 150 Everyday Expressions 96
Play by Play Insults 100
Play by Play Greetings and Salutations 102
Chapter 5 Shakespeare's Plays "The Play's the Thing" 105
Great Plays 105
Sinister Villains 105
Passionate Lovers 106
Dysfunctional Relationships 106
Dysfunctional Families 106
Missing Mothers 107
Mirthful Merrymakers 107
Thrilling Sword Fights 107
Bawdy Plays 108
Chaste Plays 108
Suicides 108
Bloody Plays 108
Shakespeare's Greatest Hits--the Top 10 Songs 109
Plays Ranked by Length 109
Plays Ranked by Unique Words 110
Plays Ranked by Percentage of Verse Use 111
Play by Play: The Comedies 112
All's Well That Ends Well 112
As You Like It 113
The Comedy of Errors 115
Love's Labour's Lost 116
Measure for Measure 118
The Merchant of Venice 119
The Merry Wives of Windsor 120
A Midsummer Night's Dream 121
Much Ado About Nothing 122
The Taming of the Shrew 123
Troilus and Cressida 124
Twelfth Night 126
The Two Gentlemen of Verona 127
The Histories 128
Henry IV, Part 1 128
Henry IV, Part 2 130
Henry V 132
Henry VI, Part 1 134
Henry VI, Part 2 136
Henry VI, Part 3 137
Henry VIII 140
King John 142
Richard II 143
Richard III 144
The Tragedies 146
Antony and Cleopatra 146
Coriolanus 148
Hamlet 149
Julius Caesar 151
King Lear 152
Macheth 153
Othello 154
Romeo and Juliet 156
Timon of Athens 157
Titus Andronicus 158
The Romances 159
Cymbeline 159
Pericles 160
The Tempest 162
The Winter's Tale 162
Chapter 6 Shakespearean Actors "Now Name the Rest of the Players" 165
Shakespeare's Roles 165
"The Names of the Principall Actors in All These Playes" 165
The 500+ Club: Some Wordy Characters 166
101 Hamlets 167
Female Hamlets 168
Playing King Lear 169
Dynamic Duos 169
Macbeths and Lady Macbeths 169
Othellos and Iagos 170
Romeos and Juliets 171
Beatrices and Benedicks 171
Some Shakespearean Actors 172
Chapter 7 Theatres and Acting Companies "All the World's a Stage" 183
The Dimensions of the Original Globe 183
The Dimensions of the New Globe 183
A Concise History of the Globe Theatre 184
Shakespeare's Globe Productions 185
The Old Vic Theatre's Hall of Fame 186
The 10 Best Pubs Within Walking Distance to Shakespeare's Globe 187
The New York Shakespeare Festival's Marathon 186
The Shakespeare Theatre's Past Productions 189
150 Great Places to See a Shakespeare play 190
Chapter 8 Shakespeare at the Movies "All the World's a (Sound) Stage" 205
Silent Shakespeare 205
The Hallmark Hall of Fame Shakespeare 206
The BBC Shakespeare 206
20 Great Film Scores and Their Composers 207
A Selected Shakespeare Filmography 218
25 Shakespeare Adaptations and Spin-offs 213
How to watch a Shakespearean Film 215
Appendix Additions to the Shakespeare Canon 219
Bibliography 221
Index 227
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