What famous essayist insisted that Shakespeare's play were unfit for performance?
Which two plays center on the Hundred Years' War?
In which scene of Romeo and Juliet does the nurse reportfalselythat Juliet is dead and thus seal Romeo's tragic fate?
The answers are easily found in Shakespeare A to Z, the only single-volume reference to virtually everything one needsor wantsto know about the Bard. Wonderfully informative, this comprehensive work includes 3,000 entries and 50 illustrations.
This work invites comparison with the Reader's Encyclopedia of Shakespeare (1966). Both provide remarkable levels of detail on virtually any aspect of Shakespeare's life and art. The Reader's Encyclopedia, however, is now nearly a quarter of a century old; it does not, for example, include entries for Branagh's 1989 film of Henry V or Joseph Papp, the noted producer, both included here. But it is much broader in scope, including bibliographies as well as articles on such figures as Stendahl (author of a book on Shakespeare). More comprehensive, it may still be the best book on the subject, but it is now out of print. Boyce's work is well done and much more current, and it includes many unique entries. It will be a useful complement for libraries owning the Reader's Encyclopedia and a fine addition for those that don't. -- Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mich.