Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary

David Crystal, Ben Crystal

Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary

David Crystal, Ben Crystal






9 Apr 2015


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$28.95 AUD

$31.99 NZD


The Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary is the first of its kind, a brand new illustrated alphabetical dictionary of all the words and meanings students of Shakespeare need to know. Every word has an example sentence selected from the twelve most studied plays, including Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Henry V. Usage notes and theatre notes provide additional background to Shakespearean times and the performance of his plays. Further support is provided by language panels on select topics like the humours, swearing, and stage directions, and full-colour illustrated thematic spreads on special feature topics from clothes and armour to music and recreation. The dictionary is easy to use with its clear signposting, accessible design, and expertly levelled contemporary look and feel. It is the perfect support for a full understanding of Shakespeare, created by renowned authors Professor David Crystal and actor Ben Crystal, a father and son team who combine for the first time the academic and the theatre, bringing together language, literature, and lexicography in this unique Shakespeare dictionary of global appeal.

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Author David Crystal

Author Ben Crystal

David Crystal, well-known writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster on the English language, is also honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Bangor. Among his many books are Think on my Words: Exploring Shakespeare's Language, (with his son Ben) Shakespeare's Words and The Shakespeare Miscellany and (with his wife Hilary) Wordsmiths and Warriors: the English-language Tourist's Guide to Britain. He was Sam Wanamaker Fellow at Shakespeare's Globe in 2003-4 and received an OBE for services to the English language. Ben Crystal is an actor, writer and producer. Along with books co-written with his father, he wrote a series of introductions to Shakespeare's plays for Arden called Springboard Shakespeare and his Shakespeare on Toast was shortlisted for the Educational Writer of the Year Award. He and his ensemble perform Shakespeare in original pronunciation - a first reading of Macbeth in OP was in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe - and give workshops around the world.


`"Sometimes you find a book and think, 'Why didn't someone do this years ago?' The answer is probably that no-one else could have approached the job or seen it through to completion so magnificently. This is much more than a valuable resource to make Shakespeare's vocabulary accessible to students; it is so crammed with delicious snippets that it is a delight to browse."' UK Literacy Association (UKLA)

`"Savvy navigation tools, skilful indexing and clever colour coded referencing."' The BookBag

`"Guaranteed to enhance enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare's work."' Parents In Touch

`"Stunningly useful book"' The Guardian

`"A modern and dynamic approach to Shakespeare's language usage"' Editing Matters

`"It is not only scholarly and comprehensive, it is hugely enjoyable"' Books for Keeps

`"A charming and deliciously meaty book, it's a must for every primary and secondary English and Drama classroom in my view, and essential for the school library too."' Susan Elkin, The School Librarian

`"It's a joyful celebration as much as an aid to teaching and learning and affectionate as it is scholarly"' Teach Secondary