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The Penguin Shakespeare dictionary
Clark, Sandra, 1941-
Uniform Title:
Hutchinson Shakespeare dictionary.
Completely revised and updated edition.
Publication Information:
London : Penguin, 1999.
Physical Description:
vii, 232 pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
Previous eds. published as: The Hutchinson Shakespeare dictionary.
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PR2892 .P46 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Penguin Shakespeare Dictionary is the ideal one-stop reference for students, scholars, play and movie-goers, and general readers who want to know more about Shakespeare's life and works. Organized in an easily-accessible A-to-Z form and making full use of the latest findings of scholars, it covers all the plays, sonnets, and narrative poems, including detailed plot summaries and accompanying critical discussion, information on relevant literary and historical figures, and the staging of Shakespeare's plays from Elizabethan times to the present. With an annotated bibliography and introductory essays on Shakespeare and on theater and play production in his time, The Penguin Shakespeare Dictionary is an indispensable reference to the most celebrated figure in world literature--a man whose words and phrases have become a part of our vocabulary.

Author Notes

The author of many books on Shakespeare and English literature, Sandra Clark is a professor at Birbeck College, University of London.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

One doubts the value of such a brief paperback reference book on Shakespeare's works, but Clark has managed to put together a very helpful source. She intends her book "to serve a specific purpose: to make available to the student and to the general reader the basic information, as derived from the most up-to-date scholarship, necessary to a better understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare's works." Recommended by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Clark's dictionary compares favorably to current Shakespearean reference books, including John Doyle and Ray Lischner's aptly titled Shakespeare for Dummies (1999). Where Dummies translates Shakespeare for the MTV crowd with chapter titles like "Did You Hear the One about?..."and "Will's World," Clark takes a more traditional approach. Her book's 1,000 alphabetically arranged entries include separate entries for each character in the plays, but she begins with the apparently obligatory chapters on Shakespeare's life and producing plays in Elizabethan England. Entries for individual plays contain "an account of possible sources for the play and the ways in which Shakespeare deployed them, a brief stage history, a list of characters, and a plot summary." Also included are entries on directors, actors, theaters, and companies associated with the Bard. Most entries are brief, satisfying the perplexed while teasing the curious. Good for circulating and reference collections. J. J. McShane; Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library