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The Definitive Shakespeare Companion [4 volumes]

This expansive four-volume work gives students detailed explanations of Shakespeare's plays and poems and also covers his age, life, theater, texts, and language. Numerous excerpts from primary source historical documents contextualize his works, while reviews of productions chronicle his performance history and reception. * Provides a one-stop resource that overviews all of Shakespeare's most important plays and poems * Includes primary material-such as historical accounts of issues contemporaneous with the plays and excerpts from reviews of stage productions-that puts these works in their literary, theatrical, and historical context * Elucidates key controversies regarding Shakespeare's literary work through alternate viewpoints that will help promote critical thinking skills * Helps students analyze Shakespearean themes and characters, explain how authors utilize sources, and evaluate critical interpretations of literature
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Joseph Rosenblum has taught literature for more than 40 years. His published work includes ABC-CLIO's The Greenwood Companion to Shakespeare.


"Among the great mass of Shakespeare reference sets, The Definitive Shakespeare Companion might actually live up to its name. . . . The focus on primary sources makes this set notable, since sources are rarely explored in works aimed at general readers. The entries are well informed and scholarly, but written in an accessible language. The overview essays-for example, 'Shakespeare's Language' and 'The Authorship Questions'-are particularly good. . . . Those looking for a single reference set on Shakespeare's works would be well served by this one. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers." - Choice "This lively, approachable volume provides a wealth of material and analysis. . . . This rich companion to Shakespeare's life and work is recommended for students, theatergoers, general readers, actors, directors, writers, and other artists." - Library Journal "This set provides an incredible amount of information for those wishing to learn more about the life and works of William Shakespeare. . . . Clearly, this set will enhance any library's literature collection. Although there is detailed analysis throughout, the organization of each chapter will provide a clear setting for readers of all kinds, from high schoolers to scholars in the field. All libraries should consider it; for nearly 2,000 pages of information on a subject of widespread interest, the price is not unreasonable." - ARBA

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