on 20 April 2012
I studied Shakespeare at school and uni and am familiar with the lingo; however, I find myself referring to this tome for the exact meanings of words whose use has changed.
The most use I have made of this book has been during those moments when I haven't had time to get into a novel, but want something to occupy my mind, for example, while waiting for something to cook. Then I'll open it at any page and find interesting knowledge which increases my understanding of Shakespeare's language.
A must for students and anyone with a love of Shakespeare.
The reason I've given only four stars is its enormous size and weight (like a concise dictionary) and lack of portability.
on 15 January 2012
I was recommended this book by a teacher as I was having little breakdowns not knowing how to finish my work - 'should I write it this way or that?'- I was in endless deadlock. I love this book, I've no idea if it will improve my writing (I will find out when editing my dissertation), but I feel happier understanding what writing is, and how it works.
on 1 February 2015
This has to be the most handy book I have ever bought in my life! It is definitely something every drama student needs!! It has every word from Shakespeare's plays in, tells you what plays that word is used in corresponding to what the word means in that context! I hope that makes sense... anyway! It is worth every penny and you may think you're a poor student or actor etc etc, but my word it is the single most useful thing you can buy to help you through your drama school years! Or English degree or whatever! Even if you're a fan of Shakespeare or want to try and get in to his plays buy this!! It will make all the pennies drop at once and all of his plays will finally make some sort of sense!
on 13 April 2011
The book is fantastic and every bit what I expected. The only inconvenience I find is that characters are really small (for my eyes, that is) For the rest, this book is very well put together; its structure is well thought of and aimed to help students with every word. I like it very much.