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Shakespeare's Words: A Glossary and Language Companionby David Crystal
Synopses & Reviews
One of the world's foremost authorities on the English language, and the actor Ben Crystal, have taken a fresh look at the vocabulary of Shakespeare's poems and plays and compiled a glossary of nearly 14,000 words and meanings that are frequently misunderstood by—or incomprehensible to—the modern reader. Every entry is supported by at least one illustrative quote to help the student, the teacher, the actor, the scholar, and the general reader grasp the depth and beauty of the Bard's language. Shakespeare's Words includes:
Book News Annotation:
This reference work contains a Shakespearean glossary, plot synopses of Shakespeare's plays, diagrams of the characters' relationships, a chronology of his works, a list of characters, and notes on the mythological, religious, and historical figures appearing in the plays, days and dates mentioned, places, and languages besides English. David Crystal is a scholar; Ben Crystal is an actor.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A resource for students, scholars and actors, this book contains glosses and quotes for over 14,000 words that could be misunderstood or unknown to a modern audience. Plot summaries for all Shakespeare's plays are included as well as notes on specific areas of his language.
David Crystal, one of the world's foremost authorities on the English language has taken a fresh look at the vocabulary of Shakespeare's poems and plays and compiled a glossary of nearly 14,000 words and meanings that may be misunderstood by modern readers.
About the Author
David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, and the editor of The Penguin Encyclopedia.
Ben Crystal graduated from Lancaster University and has trained and worked as an actor.
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