The Literary A to Z series provides the detail readers need to
fully appreciate the lives and works of great writers.
-- Detailed synopses of all major and most minor works
-- An overview of the critical reception to each work
-- Descriptions of all characters, fictional and factual, and all
-- Discussions of important people in the author's life.
Accessible and Engaging
Each volume draws upon an extensive range of critical and
biographical material from hundreds of books, articles, and
scholarly notes, synthesizing and presenting this material in an
accessible and engaging way.
An Excellent Reference Tool
Each engaging entry contains cross references so that all
related information can be easily accessed. Enhanced by
photographs, illustrations, and extensive bibliographies, each
volume in the Literary A to Z series is a valuable reference
This indispensable volume provides a thorough, readable answer
to any question -- no matter how obscure -- about Shakespeare's
life, times, works, and literary heritage.
More than 2,500 entries include:
-- Information on every play, including a scene-by-scene synopsis,
a critical commentary, a discussion of the play's sources, a
history of the text, and the play's theatrical history
-- Every character in each play
-- Descriptions of Shakespeare's contemporaries
-- Theatrical terms
-- Shakespearean actors, producers, and directors
-- Shakespeare's non-dramatic poetry.
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