The Shakespeare Companion: Bardly Brilliance, Spectacular Sonnets & Perfect Pentameters (A Think Book)

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Within these pages are hundreds of facts and stories about the Bard of Avon. Discover, for example, the ongoing quest to translate his entire works into Klingon. Here, too, are memorable extracts from literature, with Charles Dickens soliloquizing with Philip Roth while Jane Austen struts the boards with Aldous Huxley.

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Emma Jones is the author of 'The Literary Companion' (181057989). Rhiannon Guy is the author of 'The Moviegoer's Companion' (1861057970) and co-author of 'The Traveller's Companion' (1861057733).

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Brush up on Bardolatry with this informative and entertaining book about everything Shakespeare. From statistics about his plays and sonnets, like the shortest and longest plays (The Comedy of Errors and Hamlet, respectively) or word use frequencies ("love" appears 2,291 times; "hate," 186; "death," 961; "life," 924; "the," 27,457), to Shakespeare's influence on Star Trek episodes, this amusing volume puts a galaxy of Bard arcania at readers' fingertips. Its punchy entries are not arranged in any logical order, and the index, while helpful, is incomplete. The short book's simple layout and amusing text, however, make it fun to browse. Recurring sections cover areas like the cases for other possible authors who might be the playwright known as Shakespeare and quotes from other famous authors on his impact. Even the space around each page number serves as a place for trivia (page 16: "Year, in the 1600s, in which Shakespeare died.") While some of the book's humor fails, the quirky facts are brilliant. This book makes a fine companion for teachers looking to spruce up lessons on the Elizabethan playwright, and for anyone who wonders what "Lipsbury pinfold" means.
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