The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare
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From the conjectured identity of the Dark Lady of the Sonnets to misprints in the First Folio, from Shakespeare's favorite figures of speech to the staging of Othello in South Africa, The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare offers the most comprehensive coverage available on all aspects of Shakespeare's life and works.
Illustrated with more than 100 photographs and boasting co...more
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published November 29th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published September 28th 2001)
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Philip
This is part of my Shakespeare reference collection, which includes:

A Companion to Shakespeare
Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare
Essential Shakespeare Handbook
Imagining Shakespeare
Northrop Frye on Shakespeare
Shakespeare After All
Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide
Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human
The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare
The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

For the plays I’ve read, I’ve also read the relevant sections in these reference books. When I pick up the next play in my Shakespeare re...more
Calysto du Masque
As one might expect, this text contains interesting, fact-filled, compelling explanations and thought-provoking illustrations.

However, I give it three stars because, in typical British fashion, it is way over-written and over-analyzed.

Shakespeare and Mozart share many parallels. Perhaps chief among them is this: They were both common, flawed mortals who made both human mistakes and incredible works of art. They both had their share of detractors as well as supporters -- as one might
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Robert
OK - I haven't really read this cover to cover, but I used it recently whilst reading The Rape of Lucrece and thought it was fantastic. Besides entries on individual works and characters there are articles about Shakespeare's contemporaries, literary, theatrical and political, among others. Also entries on famous productions, filmic, radio, recorded and even stage versions!

Need to know where Dunsinane is? Or Agincourt? Look it up on the map of Shakespeare's Europe. Need to know which Monarch fol...more
RUSA CODES
This was selected as an Outstanding Reference Source for 2002. For the complete list, go to http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rus...
Tom Delise
Excellent encyclopedia of all things Shakespeare.
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