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The Reader's Encyclopedia of Shakespeare Hardcover – May, 1998

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1014 pages
  • Publisher: Fine Communications (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567312578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567312577
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 6.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,715,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Johnson on July 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
OK Shakespeare fans, this is the one reference book you will ever need for all you would ever want to know about the Bard. It covers everything related to Shakespeare minus information on whether he wore briefs or boxers. (Everything else, though, is covered here--trust me!)
And one thousand pages for $15? C'mon, this is well worth the price of a pizza! Of course, this is not something you would read word for word, but I have used it more than once to help me understand a play that I was about to see. However, you need to set aside the better part of an hour to read the article on the history and background of any one of his plays. There is also plenty of info on his other writings, including the sonnets. Besides visiting the reconstructed Globe theatre (which I have had the privilege of doing), owning this book is the only other requirement for the serious Shakespearean student/fan.
My sole complaint is that the lettering is rather small (is is 7 pt or 8 pt? my eyes couldn't tell--ouch!). But hey, what do you expect for $15? A 2,000-page book?
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If you want a comprehensive understanding of Shakespeare this is a must buy! I used this book constantly while taking a Shakespeare class. I have already reccomended it to numerous others and they found it just as useful. I'm now on my second copy because I wore the other one out!
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Having grown up in Stratford-upon-Avon and spent 13 years of my life with the RSC, where I worked on every play except Timon of Athens, I still love to open this book and read up on each play/character. It's essential reference material for anyone putting on a show.
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A very complete volume. For the average reader of Shakespeare this work, along with the Folger Guide to Shakespeare, is all you'll ever need.
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This is a marvelous book. Worth every penny. However, this is a 1998 printing of the original 1968 first edition. This version has no updates and no new editing.
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