Shakespeare for Students, 2nd Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1414429371
  • ISBN-13: 9781414429373
  • DDC: 822.33
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 987 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released October 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Shakespeare for Students is an attractive and accessible 3-vol. set of essential criticism to the playwright's most-popularly-studied plays and poetry in secondary schools and undergraduate curricula. The second edition contains updated entries and 4 brand new entries.

You'll find a diverse blend of criticism along with plot summaries and character profiles that help further decode these dramatic masterpieces for students.

Each detailed, illustrated entry provides:

  • An introduction that provides an overview of the play or poem
  • A plot summary
  • An annotated character list
  • A discussion of the play's principal themes
  • Understandable essays on the plays construction (setting, dialogue, imagery)
  • Historical and cultural context sections that illuminate the play's role in inter-curricular studies
  • Excerpted critical commentary on various facets of the play
  • Extensive theme index
  • A chronology of Shakespeare's life, work, and times

...and much more

You may also be interested in For Students Online - the complete For Students Collection in eBook format.

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Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 141441255X | ISBN-13: 9781414412559


"Now increased from one to three volumes, this edition of an indispensable guide to literary and interpretive criticism is an alphabetical march through Shakespear's canon. This set is a dream come true for researchers and is equally effective as introductory background information for both students and teachers. Also available as an e-book, this standard reference shoud be in every collection that supports high-school or undergraduate programs." --Booklist, January 2008

— Booklist

"A valuable addition to academic libraries at all levels." -- CHOICE (October 1992)

— Choice

"The double-column format and judicious use of white space make the text easy to read. Students in middle school through graduate school will appreciate the rich array; recommended for school, academic, and public libraries. [Available electronically through Gale Virtual Reference Library.]" --Library Journal, November 15, 2007

— Library Journal

"Classroom aids include lists of topics for discussion, ideas for research papers, and critical sources and media adaptations, making the work an excellent resource for teachers as well as for students. Both school and public libraries would be well advised to purchase this updated version." --School Library Journal, April 2008

— School Library Journal

"Although designed for use by high school students and college undergraduates, the format will appeal to the general reader while the scholarly material makes it a good reference set for scholars. Teachers especially will find the suggestions for projects and research useful." --ARBA, 2008


"Critical commentary is provided in summaries of traditional approaches to the plays as well as selected essays on different aspects of each work. The essays frequently provide the reader with contrasting approaches to understanding a particular work. The critical selections have been substantially increased for this edition but are not so numerous as to overwhelm the student user. The thematic index and suggestions for further reading indicate other avenues of research. The resulting guide will prove a useful starting point for users in high school and public libraries." --Lawrence Looks at Books, December 2007

— Lawrence Looks at Books