The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

by Michael Dobson

Biography / Autobiography The Real World

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare Synopsis

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare is the most comprehensive reference work available on Shakespeare's life, times, works, and his 400-year global legacy. In addition to the authoritative A-Z entries, it includes nearly 100 illustrations, a chronology, a guide to further reading, a thematic contents list, and special feature entries on each of Shakespeare's works. Tying in with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this much-loved Companion has been revised and updated, reflecting developments and discoveries made in recent years and to cover the performance, interpretation, and the influence of Shakespeare's works up to the present day. First published in 2001, the online edition was revised in 2011, with updates to over 200 entries plus 16 new entries. These online updates appear in print for the first time in this second edition, along with a further 35,000 new and revised words. These include more than 80 new entries, ranging from important performers, directors, and scholars (such as Lucy Bailey, Samuel West, and Alfredo Michel Modenessi), to topics as diverse as Shakespeare in the digital age and the ubiquity of plants in Shakespeare's works, to the interpretation of Shakespeare globally, from Finland to Iraq. To make information on Shakespeare's major works easier to find, the feature entries have been grouped and placed in a centre section (fully cross-referenced from the A-Z). The thematic listing of entries - described in the press as 'an invaluable panorama of the contents' - has been updated to include all of the new entries. This edition contains a preface written by much-lauded Shakespearian actor Simon Russell Beale.

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare Press Reviews

Review from previous edition: 

'Ought to find a place on every relevant bookshelf' Times Literary Supplement

'the splendid new Oxford Companion ... will prove a true and long-lasting friend to anyone with an interest in Shakespeare ... This Companion will be a valuable first port of call for the research student and for the general reader or playgoer with a particular question in mind. It is also eminently suitable for the browser ... entertains and informs in equal measure.' Around the Globe

'The reference book to which I expect to be referring the most in this year's crop is The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare. Opening such books is like sitting down with a knowledgeable friend. Not a bore or a know-all, but a genuinely well-informed chum. The new Shakespeare has already distracted me for hours.' Sunday Times

'Now this is fun ... plenty of room for teeming fact and teasing marginality. The contributors keep their prose elegant and their tone dry.' Plays International

'Packed with information ... one of the most comprehensive reference works on the Elizabethan author's life, works and times' Writers News

'The most authoritative guide to the literary and theatrical canon that it defined.' The Times

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ISBN: 9780198708735
Publication date: 15/10/2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780198708735
Publication date: 15th October 2015
Author: Michael Dobson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 608 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, The Real World,
Categories: Literary reference works, Shakespeare studies & criticism, Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Literary companions, book reviews & guides,

About Michael Dobson

Michael Dobson is Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Director of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, an executive trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and an honorary governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company: his previous appointments include posts at Oxford, Harvard, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of London, and he has held fellowships and visiting appointments in California, Sweden and China. His publications include The Making of the National Poet (1992), England's Elizabeth (with Nicola Watson, 2002), Performing Shakespeare's Tragedies Today (2006), and Shakespeare and Amateur Performance (2011). Stanley Wells, CBE, FRSL, is Honorary President, Life Trustee, and former Chairman ...

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