All Things Shakespeare: An Encyclopedia of Shakespeare's World, 2nd Edition

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Shakespeare's original audience would have needed no help with references to their everyday lives. For play-goers four hundred years later All Things Shakespeare is an invaluable compendium of fascinating explanations on topics as varied as astrology, hunting, children's games, money, beer-brewing, servants, alehouses, the army and the law, each linked to specific allusions in the works. Fact-filled and user-friendly, the guide can be used before or after seeing a play, or for armchair browsing, to increase your understanding and enhance your enjoyment of our greatest dramatist.

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Kirstin Olsen is a freelance writer and the author of several reference works, including All Things Shakespeare (2002) and All Things Austen (2005), both available from Greenwood Press.

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"Described as a concise encyclopedia, All Things Shakespeare is actually a detailed and fascinating reference book. Designed as a useful guide to the world that Shakespeare lived in and recreated in his work, the book is accessible, informative (without being dry) and often surprising too. Its contents range all the way from 'Alchemy' to 'Writing' via a great many entries on well-trodden topics and some more obscure subjects. Everyday life is described through entries on clothing, markets, household objects, business and marriage but more unusual or difficult concepts are also explained. The reader will find entries on the nine Worthies and the Five Wits, religion, suicide and astrology. Infinitely useful for students, teachers, and the interested general reader alike, there is also a bibliography and topic guide with suggestions for further reading."-The Shakespeare Bookshop Newsletter

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