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Shakespeare's Words : A Glossary and Language Companion - Ben Crystal

Shakespeare's Words

A Glossary and Language Companion

Paperback Published: 1st January 2003
ISBN: 9780140291179
Number Of Pages: 676
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Shakespeare's Words is for people who love Shakespeare, or who love language, or both. David Crystal, one of the world's leading experts on the English language, and his actor son, Ben, have created an immensely practical and enlightening guide to understanding Shakespeare's language for readers, audiences, students, directors and actors.

They have collected over 14,000 words that can cause difficulty or be ambiguous to the modern reader. Each word is glossed and illustrated by at least on quotation. There are succinct pricis of the plays, lists of dramatis personae and a unique diagrammatic circle for each play demonstrating the interaction of characters and their allegiances. With special panels on intriguing areas such as archaisms, greetings, farewells and swear words, as well as dialects, Greek mythology, weapons and money, Shakespeare's Words will greatly enrich every reader's understanding and appreciating of the plays, and will encourage a new generation to treasure them.

Excellent dictionary


Great reference book for reading Shakespeare. I have invariably found the appropriate meaning for words no longer in use.

Kalgoorlie WA


Mum's happy


A great gift for my Shakespeare-loving mum. You know it's good when the book gets blamed for neglect of other responsibilities.

Albury, AU


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Prefacep. X
Introductionp. XI
Abbreviations, Symbols, and Conventionsp. XVII
Text Abbreviationsp. XIX
List of Glossary Panelsp. XX
Frequently Encountered Words (FEW)p. XXI
A-Z Glossaryp. 1
Shakespearian Circles, Synopses, and Dramatis Personaep. 511
Text Chronologyp. 592
List of Characters' Namesp. 593
List of Appendicesp. 612
Beingsp. 613
Timesp. 630
Placesp. 631
Languages and Dialectsp. 638
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ISBN: 9780140291179
ISBN-10: 0140291172
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 676
Published: 1st January 2003
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 17.5  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 1.22
Edition Number: 1

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