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Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary
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David Crystal (University of Reading) Ben Crystal
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Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary

David Crystal (University of Reading) Ben Crystal Kate Bellamy (University of Leiden)


Oxford University Press

Playscripts (Children's&YA);
Reference works (Children's&YA)


352 pages

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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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By:   David Crystal (University of Reading), Ben Crystal
Other:   Kate Bellamy (University of Leiden)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 242mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   766g
ISBN:   9780192737502
ISBN 10:   0192737503
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   April 2015
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Crystal is known throughout the world as a writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster on language. He has published extensively on the history and development of English, including The Stories of English (2004), Evolving English (2010), Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language (2010), The Story of English in 100 Words (2011), Spell It Out: The Singular Story of English Spelling (2012), and Wordsmiths and Warriors: The English-Language Tourist's Guide to Britain (with Hilary Crystal, 2013). 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 (OP) and give workshops around the world.

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

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