Coined by Shakespeare has an undeclared--a sort of subconscious--theme, because in the end, it's a witty narrative about the way words come to shape concepts and concepts come to find new words to bring them to life.... For anyone who likes words, Shakespeare or history, it's not only useful, it's fun. -- The Philadelphia Inquirer, Howard Shapiro
For the past forty years, R.R. Blechman has been a major force in the field of illustration. Twenty years ago he branched into animation, and he now pursues a dual career as illustrator and director of the New York-based studio The Ink Tank. The studio has produced award-winning animation for such clients as Hershey's, MTV, Nickelodeon, the Children's Television Workshop, and the Cartoon Network. R.O. Blechman's work has appeared numerous times on the covers and in the pages of The New Yorker, the Atlantic, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times Book Review. He is the author and illustrator of several books, the most recent of which are The Life of Saint Nicholas and The Book of Jonah. In 1983 he was named "Illustrator of the Year" by Adweek.
Stanley Malless is an assistant professor of education at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, where he teaches courses in history, philosophy, and psychology of education. He holds undergraduate degrees in English and French, and M.A. in 16th-17th century British literature, and a Ph.D. in education. Malless recently appeared in a Simpson College production of Macbeth, and he has taught Shakespeare at both the secondary and college level. He is the co-author of The Elements of English.
Jeffrey McQuain's fascination with Shakespeare began with college performances of scenes from Julius Caesar and Richard II. For the past 14 years, he served as the researcher for William Safire's on Language column in The New York Times Magazines. The author of Power Language and co-author of The Elements of English, he has also written an internationally syndicated column about words. He completed his dissertation on Shakespeare and Chaucer, and has a Ph. D. in Literary Studies from American University in Washington, D.C. He lives in Potomac, Maryland.