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This book of essays edited by Croft (Univ. of Oklahoma Libs., Norman) aims to explore "how Tolkien used, revised, updated, 'corrected,' and otherwise held an ongoing dialogue with Shakespeare's works." Given Tolkien's established-though arguably overstated-dislike of Shakespeare, this choice of focus seems odd. Croft admits that since Shakespeare's influence on Tolkien is debatable, she and her colleagues are "reduced to speculation," and, indeed, some of these offerings appear forced. In her essay on elves in Shakespeare and Tolkien, Allegra Johnson ends one section lamenting "on the whole, Elves do not feature prominently in the vast majority of Shakespeare's work," while in her piece on A Midsummer Night's Dream, Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario veers momentarily into the bizarre with her assertion that "Bottom's translation renders him hairy, bestial and with the added effect of the flower juice, sexier to Titania, but Tolkien's Hobbits have always been hairy without necessarily being sexy." Although there are certainly some worthwhile contributions here-e.g., Maureen Thum on both writers' depictions of women-readers interested in exploring connections between Shakespeare and Tolkien would be better served by Tom Shippey's The Road to Middle-Earth. An optional purchase for academic libraries.