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The Plant-Lore and Garden-Craft of Shakespeare

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  6 reviews
"A very readable and graceful volume." — Saturday Review
"Entitled from its worth to a place in every Shakespearian library." — Spectator.
"As accurate as it is delightful." — Gardener's Chronicle.
"Deserves a place on the shelves of both the student of Shakespeare and the lover of plant lore." — Journal of Botany
"The fullest and best book on the subject." — The Literary Worl
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 19th 2017 by Dover Publications (first published November 1st 2007)
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Clare O'Beara
How unusual to shelve a book as both literary and a nature guide. This thoroughly researched and charmingly illustrated book lists all the plants appearing in Shakespeare's works, in alphabetical order. We see the lines in which they appear and the contexts are explained. Do the lines refer to a feast, a potion-shop, a forest, a garden, a beauty?

Aconite is a poison, apple edible fruit, aloes bitter; they all have a place. I like that trees are listed with what the timber was used for at the tim
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Dawn Lofink
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was published originally in 1887. It explores the anecdotes of flowers and botanicals mentioned in Shakespeare's work, from A-Z. The author also adds material from other pertinent sources. Overall an passingly interesting work, more for it's exploration of the work of The Bard, than its botanical heritage.
Polly Krize
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A delightful book in which the author has tracked down all of Shakespeare's references to plants and flowers in his plays. Full of rich detail, this makes interesting reading for gardener and Shakespeare enthusiasts alike.
Cat
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jam packed with info on plant lore! I love to read Shakespeare, so this book is a nice addendum to his works. Both gardeners and play lovers should find this book interesting.
Cheryl
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS BOOK WAS A HOOT AS WELL AS A WEALTH OF INFO ON SHAKESPEAREAN PLANTS AND LORE. AS A FORMER ENGLISH LIT TEACHER, I REALLY APPRECIATE THE RESEARCH AND EFFORT THAT WENT INTO THIS.
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Thanks to netgalley and Dover Publications for the ARC of a beautiful new edition of an old classic.
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