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Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary, Vol. 1 Paperback – Jun 1 1971

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 1 edition (June 1 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048622726X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486227269
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 3.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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I assign a higher rating to Schmidt's lexicon than to C.T. Onions's *Shakespeare Glossary* (which I have also reviewed) for the reason that, although both compendiums by now do show their age, Schmidt's two volumes (one of course needs N-Z with this one) are all in all in many ways more comprehensive and informative than Onions's single-volume work (even after its updating by Eagleson).
Readers of Shakespeare should NOT assume that if they use an unannotated edition (e.g. the Oxford Complete Works) they will understand everything they read if only they consult Schmidt or Onions or both. For one thing, many words in Shakespeare look intelligible from a modern viewpoint, but in fact had a different meaning in Shakespeare's day: an uninitiated reader will miss many such instances if s/he does not use good annotated editions by expert scholars, who provide glosses for well-considered and essential reasons. And I do not even dwell on the need to be aware of bawdy puns (see my review of Onions), or of other specific usages (e.g. legal terms), on which a good deal of new work has been done in recent years. Therefore, purchase of valuable volumes like these should be seen as SUPPLEMENTARY to the use of good, carefully annotated editions. - Joost Daalder, Professor of English, Flinders University, South Australia
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If you're reading or performing Shakespeare, this reference is absolutely invaluable. It defines for you the words you have no clue about, as well as shedding light on the words you thought you knew. The English in Shakespeare's canon is centuries if not worlds different from our own. For example, if a character refers to another character as a friend, you'd think you understand, right? Well, in this book you'll find that it can mean many many things such as 'lover,' or 'relative.' That is, of course, but one meager example. Check it out, you won't be sorry!
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I've always used this dictionary in my shakespeare studies, and it really is invaluable as a tool to help understand and study the text. However, the kindle version is rather disappointing - I had hoped that I would be able to use to as a default kindle dictionary where you can just look up the words while you are reading, but this is not possible.
I thought ok, it's not that big of a deal to search within the dictionary - but unlike other dictionaries I have used that also can't be set as defaults, this dictionary doesn't have a search function on its own either. So when you search for and look up a word, it uses the normal kindle search function, which means that you get multiple returns and have to look through each one to find the one with the definition you need.
After that I thought it might be easier to just scroll through the book like an old fashioned dictionary and go to the letter I want - but the chapters are set up according to letters, and the chapter for S for example is very long. You can't skip multiple pages easily on my kindle, so if it's a word in the middle of S I basically just have to guess what location number or page it might be on and hope I get somewhere close so I can skip pages from the new location.
Basically - great book, it's a bit crap as a kindle version. I'm still going to keep it though as I really can't carry the two lexicons with me all the time.
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This is, simply, the essential, definitive guide to the Bards language. Almost every word in every Shakespearean play is here, and instead of having to guess what the meaning is in relation to the play, each word is listed by play and meaning in each heading. It can even be used for other lexiconic purposes is you're having trouble trying to figure out what Shaw means in one of his passages from "Saint Joan", or Ibsen in "when We Dead Awaken". Unless they suddenly discover a new play by shakespeare, this reference will never go out of date.
And hey, it's not called the "Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary (Vol. 1 A-M)" for nothing, people. You're going to have to get the other one, but there's no real problem, because this is simply just the greatest lexicon ever for Shakespeare. Your search ends here if you ever need to understand the Bard words.
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By A Customer on May 12 1999
Format: Paperback
I live in Hong Kong and had to wait 5 weeks for shipment of my book. Imagine my surprise when I opened the box and saw "Volume I - A-M" on the front cover! I'm ordering Vol. II today! I just wish I had known that there were 2 books when I ordered - it would have saved money and time!
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