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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


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Product Details

  • 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 (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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.

From Library Journal

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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