Shakespeare's World and Work: An Encyclopedia for Students volume 2

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*Starred Review* Although similar in content to Scribner's scholarly three-volume William Shakespeare: His World, His Work, and His Influence (1985), this new set, with its larger font and margins sprinkled with information and illustrations, is geared to the junior- and senior-high-school student. In an encyclopedia format, these three volumes introduce--from Acting companies, Elizabethan to Winter's Tale, The; Witches and spirits; and Work-- the life, history and times, plays, characters, places, and names connected with this quintessential master of words and human nature, whose work continues to enthrall us today.

With a cumulative table of contents in volume 1 and cumulative indexes in all three volumes, locating information is easy. There are a time line of pertinent historical events from 1532 to 1999 and a chronology of Shakespeare's works in each volume. A myriad of topics (more than 250 entries) offers a glimpse of the customs, beliefs, politics, and historical personage that had an impact on his writing. Analytical synopses of plays and sonnets give plot summaries, sources and history, commentaries on how audiences and critics received these plays, and stage and performance histories. Characters portrayed in plays are described in detail, with motives for their actions or reactions analyzed. Places and names appearing in the works are identified. Biographical entries for playwrights or directors associated with Shakespeare, his contemporaries, and his friends and family offer insight into his personal relationships. Highlighted glossary terms are defined in margins on the same pages in which they appear. Sidebars, also printed in the margins, supply supplemental relevant and interesting facts. Cross-references indicate related entries in the set. Each volume contains eight pages of superb colorplates. Additional illustrations showcase historical moments from film, stage, or television productions. All and all, the contents add up to a fascinating, easy-flowing read.

This is an exemplary resource for students and teachers of Shakespeare. College students studying theater arts may gain valuable direction for stage production in such areas as set design, character representation, and cultural practices. A wise investment for school and public libraries. RBB
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