Brush Up Your Shakespeare!

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A Lively Compendium of Shakespeare's Wisest and Wittiest Words

From the doomed Othello, who first assumed a "foregone conclusion," to the impetuous Mercutio, who went off on the first "wild-goose chase," here are several hundred of the most famous lines and newly minted words from Shakespeare's canon. Each phrase is presented with background notes, explnations, and literary anecdotes that set it in its original context. With a new filmography of the finest Shakespeare movies, Brush Up Your Shakeapeare! is an accessible and entertaining guide for Bard aficionados and amateurs alike.

Did You Know?

  • The gargantuan Sir Falstaff was the first unwelcome guest to eat his hostess "out of house and home"

  • Juliet thought that parting from her Young Romeo was "such sweet sorrow"

  • Macbeth believed himself to be "a sorry sight"

  • It was Rosalind who desired "too much of a good thing"

  • Lady Macbeth realized that "what's done is done"

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About the Author:

Michael Macrone is the author of nine entertain-ing guides to literary and intellectual history. His specialties include the Shakespeare canon, classical writings, mythology, the Bible, and great ideas. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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"Delightful...A gem." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"This is the perfect way to sound great at academic cocktail parties....A painless and fun way to broaden your knowledge." -- -- Dallas Morning News

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