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All Things Shakespeare [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia of Shakespeare's World - All Things (Hardback)
  • All Things Shakespeare [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia of Shakespeare's World - All Things (Hardback)

All Things Shakespeare [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia of Shakespeare's World - All Things (Hardback)

Hardback 832 Pages / Published: 30/10/2002
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Falstaff loved sack. But who made the sack, and how? What did Hamlet know about poison? What did astrology mean to a couple of star-cross'd lovers back in the day? This unique encyclopedia compiles an enormous breadth of information about Shakespeare's world. More than 200 articles, most accompanied by vivid illustrations, combine rich historical detail with informative, insightful descriptions on the form and function of obscure and everyday items found in Shakespeare's works. Students can look up meanings of specific terms and concepts, and readers, researchers, actors, and audiences will enjoy the lively-and sometimes humorous-essays on myriad topics including anatomy, astronomy, clothing, currency, death, entertainment, hunting, medicine, mythology, tools, weapons, and much more. A table of weights and measures illuminates such terms as cade, firkin, and hogshead. Maps pinpoint many of the locations mentioned in Shakespeare's plays and poems. Each term notes in which works the item can be found, and a chronology of historical events referenced in Shakespeare's plays concisely identifies the important events that figure in the plays. Teachers can use the index to find each citation of an assigned play, or use the bibliography and topic guide for assignments and research paper ideas. Going beyond mere definitions, the depth of information and illustrations provided in this encyclopedia will give readers a clear sense of the world that Shakespeare knew and wrote about.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313315039
Number of pages: 832
Weight: 636 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 14 mm

"All Things Shakespeare offers excellent background material for students trying to place Shakespeare's works in historical context. Recommended. General readers and undergraduates." - Choice
"[T]his detailed and informative encyclopedia describes Shakespeare's physical environment, including common objects, daily activities, and popular beliefs and attitudes....Recommended for all libraries." - Library Journal
"Described as a concise encyclopedia,^IAll Things Shakespeare^R is actually a detailed and fascinating reference book. Designed as a useful guide to the world that Shakespeare lived in and recreated in his work, the book is accessible, informative (without being dry) and often surprising too. Its contents range all the way from 'Alchemy' to 'Writing' via a great many entries on well-trodden topics and some more obscure subjects. Everyday life is described through entries on clothing, markets, household objects, business and marriage but more unusual or difficult concepts are also explained. The reader will find entries on the nine Worthies and the Five Wits, religion, suicide and astrology. Infinitely useful for students, teachers, and the interested general reader alike, there is also a bibliography and topic guide with suggestions for further reading." - The Shakespeare Bookshop Newsletter
"An ideal reference for those looking for information on the physical world of Shakespeare's time." - School Library Journal Focus on Shakespeare
"Easy to use and unique in its coverage, the book will be desired by Shakespeare fans and English teachers alike. Every library should have a copy. Highly Recommended." - Library Media Connection
"Useful to students and teachers alike, the set will be valuable to directors, actors, historians, and avid readers of Shakespeare who wish to learn more about the intimate details of the world in which he lived." - VOYA
"... Most teens will find Olsen's rendering to be an irresistible peek into a world every bit as strange as that described in many a space fantasy. Even those who profess little familiarity with the great works of Shakespeare of the intricacies of English history will find these volumes fascinating." - School Library Journal, Starred Review
"Olsen has done the reference world a service by compiling a crackerjack guide to the Elizabethan milieu.... Students, teachers, librarians, actors, and readers will have little difficulty navigating the text to explain tidbits from Shakespeare's writings. Recommended for high-school, public, and undergraduate libraries." - Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
"[O]lsen's encyclopedia would be a good resource to have on hand in a noncirculating reference section at a high school, college, or local public library." - The Sixteenth Century Journal
"While there have been many overviews of English life in Shakespeare's time, few provide this much detail on so many topics....This guide is highly recommended for school, public, and academic libraries." - Gale Free Resources Reference Reviews

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