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Dictionary of Shakespeare
McConnell, Louise.
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Publication Information:
Teddington, Middlesex : Peter Collin, [2000]

Physical Description:
315 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
General Note:
"Clear definitions of the characters, plays, poems, history and stagecraft"--Cover.
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PR2892 .M398 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PR2892 .M398 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PR2892 .M398 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PR2892 .M398 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This is a reference about Shakespeare's plays, characters, productions and themes. It includes over 1500 entries that should help explain all the terms used in Sheakespeare's texts and in their execution.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A handy little ready-reference guide that provides definitions for characters and literary and historical terms, along with synopses of all the plays.

Library Journal Review

The compact and helpful reference work consists of 1500 alphabetically arranged entries providing basic information about Shakespeare's plays, poems and main characters as well as brief descriptions of Elizabethan theater, theater companies, and production methods. McConnell, an editor and lexicographer, includes clear definitions and terms commonly used in literary criticism as well as discussions of Elizabethan society and history. The description of each play includes a brief stage history and a synopsis of the plot. A supplement includes a map of London theaters in Shakespeare's time, a chronological list of the Bard's plays, a short chronology of his life and time, and a list of English kings and queens mentioned in the plays. The user-friendly formatting encourages full use of the text. Although it does not provide a list of characters or possible sources for each play, this is similar in coverage and price to The Penguin Shakespeare Dictionary (2000), edited by Sandra Clark, which has 1000 entries. Recommended for all public and academic libraries.-Shana C. Fair, Ohio Univ. Lib., Zanesville. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Despite McConnell's ample research, this dictionary breaks no new ground. It consists of an alphabetical listing of names, characters, and places associated with or used by Shakespeare; plot summaries; theatrical and literary terms; a half-dozen illustrations; a map, "Theatres in Elizabethan London"; "Chronology of Shakespeare's Plays"; "English Kings and Queens, 1327-1603"; and a bibliography. No preface, introduction, or comprehensive user's guide tells readers or librarians why they should not prefer less expensive books such as Peter Quennell's Who's Who in Shakespeare (1995), A Dictionary of Who, What, and Where in Shakespeare, ed. by Sandra Clark (1997), or Charles Boyce's more detailed but no more expensive Shakespeare A to Z (CH, Apr'91). Alphabetic order is sometimes confused; "Aldridge" follows "Alonso." No selection criteria are provided. Why entries for the two Roberts, both minor characters, but not Finsbury, Eastcheap, or Shrewsbury, equally minor? Cross-referencing is unsteady; separate entries for Lord Hunsdon, Lord Chamberlain's Men, and King's Men have no cross-references to the others. For Earl of Essex, one must look under Essex, and there is no entry for Robert Devereux. Recommended for high school, public, and perhaps college libraries. P. Kujoory formerly, Southern Methodist University