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Shakespeare A to Z: The Essential Reference to His Plays, His Poems, His Life and Times, and More Paperback – November 10, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0385313612 ISBN-10: 0385313616 Edition: Reissue

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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Delta; Reissue edition (November 10, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385313616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385313612
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

YA-- This massive and fascinating volume of Shakespeareana is unquestionably a classic compendium of information on the Bard of Avon. Here are synopses of all of Shakespeare's plays by act and scene; sketches of all of his characters, as well as the historic personages on whom some of them were based; biographies of his contemporaries in the Elizabethan theater; portraits of many of the actors who achieved fame in his plays; and mentions of many modern theatrical works that have been influenced by him. One can also find definitions of literary and theatrical terms relevant to his work, along with descriptions of the places that figured so prominently in Shakespeare's plays. The book is truly a treasure trove of information for students of Shakespeare, of English literature, and of Elizabethan and modern theater.
-Richard Lisker, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This work invites comparison with the Reader's Encyclopedia of Shakespeare (1966). Both provide remarkable levels of detail on virtually any aspect of Shakespeare's life and art. The Reader's Encyclopedia, however, is now nearly a quarter of a century old; it does not, for example, include entries for Branagh's 1989 film of Henry V or Joseph Papp, the noted producer, both included here. But it is much broader in scope, including bibliographies as well as articles on such figures as Stendahl (author of a book on Shakespeare). More comprehensive, it may still be the best book on the subject, but it is now out of print. Boyce's work is well done and much more current, and it includes many unique entries. It will be a useful complement for libraries owning the Reader's Encyclopedia and a fine addition for those that don't. -- Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mich.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book provides excellent understandable commentary on Shakespeare's works.
Robert Stevens
He gives synposes of the plays by acts and scenes, explanations of the sources for the plays, and profiles of Shakespeare's characters, including the minor ones.
Charles J Caes
In this book is everything you'll ever need to know about each play and every character, even if they don't have a speaking part.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Loren D. Morrison on May 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am neither a student nor a professional academic, and I don't usually review reference works. SHAKESPEARE A TO Z, however, is much more to me than a "mere" reference book. It has become a silent companion and a private tutor. Before attending a play by Shakespeare or an opera based on his works, I read (or reread) the synopsis of the work in question in SHAKESPEARE A TO Z.
Early seventeenth century English. as it is spoken, is occasionally a mystery to the twentieth century American, and opera, often sung in Italian, can be even more of a mystery. Further confusion can come in an opera, if one isn't familiar enough with the plot to know whether the young soprano dressed in male clothing and playing the part of a male is: a.) a female deliberately cast in the role of a young male, or b.) a female playing the part of a female disguised as a male. If I've "done my homework" and consulted SHAKESPEARE A TO Z before attending the play or opera, I have no problem following the plot regardless of language or gender of the performer.
As an aside, I wonder if it was more, or less, confusing in Shakespeare's time when all roles were played by males. Under those conditions you would have been treated to the spectacle of a male actor portraying a female disguised as a male. Phew!
If I have taken the time to delve further into this wonderful reference, I have a good chance of also understanding the historical context of the play and the motivations of the various characters. Shakespeare is sometimes subtle and frequently devious. Knowledge of background and motivation helps to better understand what is happening.
Some contemporary directors add additional confusion by using deliberate ploys such as having the same actor play multiple roles.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By LaurenAnn on November 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
I'm a Shakespeare major, and my shelves are bowing under the weight of all my Shakespeare books. SHAKESPEARE A TO Z is the book I reach for most often, whenever I've got questions about the plays.
This book truly is the essential reference, but it is much more than a typical reference book. It's readable, interesting, and thorough. Inside, you'll find passages on every single one of Shakespeare's characters, no matter how minor; detailed analysis, as well as an act-by-act plot summary, on EVERY play; information on locations used in the plays, and MUCH more. Virtually every topic/character/place/important thing in a play is covered in this book.
I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in Shakespeare's plays, or is involved in the study of Shakespeare. This book not only serves as an accesssible reference, it's also full of thought-provoking facts and ideas.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Charles J Caes on September 5, 1999
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Boyce has done an excellent job in bringing together pertinent facts on the life, times, works, family and friends of Shakespeare. He gives synposes of the plays by acts and scenes, explanations of the sources for the plays, and profiles of Shakespeare's characters, including the minor ones. Students of history will also enjoy many of the background pieces such as those on the town of Towton (a battle site of the Wars of the Roses and a setting in Henry VI),and the short biographical sketches of Shakespeare's parents, his son and daughters, as well as Shakespeare himself. Readers will get much more than they expect from the pages of this highly entertaining and informative work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2000
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I love this book. As a professor of Drama, I utilize Boyce's Shakespeare: A to Z frequently. It has great play summaries, as well as production histories. It is a terrific source book useful to anyone reading Shakespeare, whether it is the first time, or the thousandth time. I recommend it to my students and colleagues.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on February 2, 2003
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I'm just a student in high school, and not long ago was recieved the part as Lady Macbeth for our school play Macbeth. My drama teacher recommended this book to me to get an in depth analysis of my character and the rest of the play. I bought the book and I was totally blown away. The information packed in here is tremendous. In this book is everything you'll ever need to know about each play and every character, even if they don't have a speaking part. This book has also helped me with the other Shakespeare plays I read during school for Literature. It's a great study and reference. It's helped me understand so much about the characters and the play, I recommend this to anyone who reads Shakespeare for school or anything, this tells you things even your teacher wouldn't know. It's been truly a life savor, to me and the rest of my cast who couldn't understand what was going on or what their character was about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By krebsman VINE VOICE on June 27, 2004
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I love this book. It's fun to keep it handy and just flip through the pages from time to time. Charles Boyce presents from A ("Aaron" in Titus Andronicus) to Z (Zeffirelli, Franco"), an outrageous potpourri of the fictional and the real, the historic and the apocryphal, the comic and the scholarly. It's crammed with commentary, scene-by-scene synopses of plays, character background, background on the sources for the plays, biographical information on Shakespeare and lots of fun trivial information, too. I know my Shakespeare fairly well, but this delightful book always teaches me something new. (For example, there's an entry for the real-life inspiration for Shakespeare's line in HENRY VIII about "some Indian with the great tool come to court.") I think this book would be a great gift for Shakespeare fans. And if you're going to get a Complete Works for the student you know, why not splurge and get this one, too? It's the perfect companion to Shakespeare and easily accessible to all ages.
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