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Because his plays, poems, and sonnets are inexhaustible sources of insight into the human condition, Shakespeare is the most quoted--and probably also the most misquoted--writer in the English language. In this topically arranged collection of Shakespeare quotations, the largest of its kind, writers and speakers can find not only an excellent saying on any of 600 subjects, but can be assured of the right wording and the precise source: play, act, scene, line, and character speaking. And if they remember a wonderful passage but forget who said it and in which play, a keyword index will lead them directly to the passage in question and provide the answer.
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In this topically arranged collection of Shakespeare quotations, the largest of its kind, writers and speakers can find not only an excellent saying on any of 600 subjects, but can be assured of the right wording and the precise source: play, act, scene, line, and character speaking.From Booklist:
This highly selective compilation of approximately 3,700 quotations is by a UCLA professor emeritus of English (and contributor to The Shakespeare Quarterly) and his late wife. It uses the modern-spelling text of Riverside Shakespeare (Houghton, 1974), whereas the standard work, Stevenson's Home Book of Shakespeare Quotations (Scribner, 1937; repr. Macmillan, 1987), with some 90,000 quotations, is based upon the revised Globe edition (1911). Like Stevenson, Foakes is arranged alphabetically by topic with numerous see also and a few see references; but unlike Stevenson, its considerably fewer topics are not subdivided. Among topics in Foakes but not Stevenson are anti-Semitism, exorcism, homelessness, last words, misogyny, and politics.
The strength of Foakes lies in its annotations to most quotations, providing explanations of changes in meaning or style since Shakespeare's day. Stevenson's annotations, on the other hand, are frequently devoted to the number of times a word or phrase was used by Shakespeare; much less frequently do they explain meanings. Whereas Stevenson concludes with a very full index and concordance, the title under review has four indexes: character, play, poem, and keyword.
The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations from Shakespeare complements Stevenson's Home Book of Shakespeare Quotations by its approach to annotations--an emphasis on explaining changes in meaning since Shakespeare's time--and the inclusion of character, play, and poem indexes, and a solid keyword index. It is recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries that do not own Stevenson but want to provide more coverage of Shakespeare than is afforded by general quotation dictionaries. It may also be considered a useful supplemental title for libraries owning Stevenson.
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