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Who's who in Shakespeare's England /
Alan & Veronica Palmer.
imprint
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
description
xxiv, 280 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0312220863 (pbk.)
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Book
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imprint
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
isbn
0312220863 (pbk.)
general note
New material added since the 1981 ed.
catalogue key
3399006
 
Includes bibliographical references.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1999-12-01:
The Palmers' useful collective biography, a "verbal portrait gallery"--concise biographies of some 700 of Shakespeare's contemporaries--supplements Willem Schrickx's literary Shakespeare's Early Contemporaries (1976), Marguerite Alexander's A Reader's Guide to Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (1979), and the complex, dated Dictionary of National Biography (22v., 1908-9 with numerous supplements) that ignores many prominent women of the period. A facsimile of the 1981 edition (CH, Feb'82), whose revision is confined to a rewritten preface, it covers the period between 1588 (the Spanish Armada) and 1623 (publication of the first folio). The front matter includes maps of Shakespeare's London and Stratford-upon-Avon, and a classified list of entries. The entries consist of brief biographies of notable people of the Bard's time in politics, the arts, the church, the secret service, those alleged to have been Shakespeare, the court, etc., with some illustrations; they include "American connections and early members of Virginia Company and Massachusetts Bay Company," consciously excluding some "familiar figures." Interestingly, some 30 court and society women are listed (though why Arbella Stuart is listed as "scientist" is a mystery). The back matter consists of a glossary of useful and unusual terms (e.g., "tiremaker" meant woman's hairdresser and designer), but no index is provided. Recommended for college and university libraries that do not hold the earlier edition. P. Kujoory; Southern Methodist University
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"... the book is a handy and well-organized compendium for ready-reference." -- American Reference Books Annual 2000
"... the book is a handy and well-organized compendium for ready-reference." --American Reference Books Annual 2000
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Summaries
Main Description
This major new reference book presents more than 700 biographies of Shakespeare's contemporaries and richly illustrates the variety and complexity of the life of the period he lived. With its useful glossary of unusual terms, and extensive cross-references, this invaluable book emphasizes the cultural continuity between the last phase of Elizabethan England and the Jacobean age, and the authors also pay attention to American connections. This extensive and detailed study will be invaluable to all those interested in Shakespeare and his times.
Main Description
This major new reference book presents more than 700 biographies of Shakespeare's contemporaries and richly illustrates the variety and complexity of the life of the period he lived. With its useful glossary of unusual terms, and extensive cross-references, this invaluable book emphasizes the cultural continuity between the last phase of Elizabethan England and the Jacobean age, and the authors also pay attention to American connections. This extensive and detailed study will be invaluableto all those interested in Shakespeare and his times.
Table of Contents
This book sold well in hardback and will appeal to an even wider audience as a trade paperback, and I welcomed the opportunity to broaden the readership for this classic historical reference work
Preface
Classified List of Entries
Notes on Sources
Biographies
Glossary
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