The Shakespeare Encyclopedia: The Complete Guide to the Man and His Works
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The Shakespeare Encyclopedia: The Complete Guide to the Man and His Works

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A beautifully illustrated reference that provides a deeper understanding of Shakespeare and his time.

Some four centuries after they were written, William Shakespeare's plays and poems still delight audiences and readers worldwide, and together form one of our cultural touchstones. The profound themes and beautiful language speak to us across time and place, and the story o...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 17th 2009 by Firefly Books
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Really lovely. A.D. Cousins and his team have assembled an erudite, matter-of-fact gloss over Shakespeare's life and career.

Each play is given at least 2 large pages (sometimes up to 12) covering the basic plot, the play in performance, the history and sources, and any other relevant information. Some of the major plays get considerably more than this, exploring social attitudes and the play's critical fortunes, for example. (The same treatment is given to all of the dramatist's plays.)

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A very enjoyable book to look at with paintings and photographs of the plays/actors. Lots and lots of information about the man, each play and the sonnets, more than I could take in. This will make a very good reference book for all things Shakespeare.
Great book to just flip through--nice photos and good info. I wouldn't necessarily call it essential reading, but it might make a really nice gift for a fan.
The author seems pretty pressed. He insulted a lot of scholars/scholarly work. But this book is awesome, if only for the pictures.
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