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A Dictionary of Quotations from Shakespeare: A Topical Guide to Over 3,000 Great Passages from the Plays, Sonnets, and Narrative Poems Paperback – August 1, 1996

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The focus of this entertaining dictionary, the authors say, is on "quotations that are likely to be of practical use for writers and speakers today . . . and relevant to modern times and present-day problems." Consequently, among the 400 categories are such headings as democracy, media, public relations, and Star Wars. Nearly half the quotations are annotated, with useful information about meaning and context, but the authors at times spoil it by giving vent to their own irrelevant opinions. They seem determined to demythologize the English victory at Agincourt described in Henry V ; their comment, "Lines that some in England might find applicable today" is a silly gloss on "This England that was wont to conquer others,/ Hath made a shameful conquest of itself." For public libraries.
- Bryan Aubrey, Fairfield, Ia.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452011272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452011274
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a fun read for all who would like to include the wit and wisdom of Shakespeare in their daily communications. The alphabetical topics include such topics as lateness, wisdom, family, and happiness. Additional specific topics cover Principals, such as Hamlet and MacBeth. When searching for the right phrase, one has only to look up a subject and there are multiple examples of Shakespearean wisdom from which to choose. The book is equally fun to just read page after page. This is a good add-on for those who studied Shakespeare and now wish to refresh their knowledge on the subject.
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All you would expect, this book does just what it says it will--- it is a guide to quotations from Shakespeare. The book is set up alphabetically by subject and it includes many topics from fatness to jealousy. While you would probably need at least a cursory understanding of some plays to use the quotations properly, the author does a nice job of making comments and synopses when necessary. This book is very easy to use. I recommend it to anyone who is an avid reader of Shakespeare, or a student of English literature and would like to look up his wonderful musings (in characters and in his own sonnets) on everyday subjects.
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From Action to Youth, "A Dictionary of Quotations" is a very accessible and easy to use book with over 3,000 Shakespeare quotes on over 400 subjects. Each section is printed in bold making it easy to flip through the pages to find a favorite passage. The exhaustive index is also helpful. Recommended for English majors or anyone who enjoys literature!
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This ia a useful and thorough collection of quotations, nicely organized for ease of use--well done!
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