Shakespeare's Words: A Glossary and Language Companion

Shakespeare's Words: A Glossary and Language Companion


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Shakespeare's Words: A Glossary and Language Companion by David Crystal, Ben Crystal

A vital resource for scholars, students and actors, this book contains glosses and quotes for over 14,000 words that could be misunderstood by or are unknown to a modern audience. Displayed panels look at such areas of Shakespeare's language as greetings, swear-words and terms of address. Plot summaries are included for all Shakespeare's plays and on the facing page is a unique diagramatic representation of the relationships within each play.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140291179
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/2002
Pages: 676
Sales rank: 222,846
Product dimensions: 6.82(w) x 9.04(h) x 1.56(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Crystal is one of the most authoritative commentators on the English language, and amongst many other things a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Shakespeare. He lives in Anglesey, Wales. Ben Crystal, David's son, is an actor and lives in London (NW1). Stanley Wells, who has written the preface, is General Editor of the Oxford Shakespeare and Associate Editor of the New Penguin Shakespeare series.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations, Symbols, and ConventionsXVII
Text AbbreviationsXIX
List of Glossary PanelsXX
Frequently Encountered Words (FEW)XXI
A-Z Glossary1
Shakespearian Circles, Synopses, and Dramatis Personae511
Text Chronology592
List of Characters' Names593
List of Appendices612
XI-XVILanguages and Dialects638

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