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William Shakespeare: The Complete WorksHappy Birthday Will

This year, in honour of Will's birthday, AbeBooks is featuring an interesting selection of new and used books that look at the world of Shakespeare but not in the usual way. These books will teach you about the man himself, the language he used including clever insults and erotic puns.

Use the search box or the list on the right to search for all of Shakespeare's most famous works.

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Will in the World Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare
Stephen Greenblatt

Will in the World interweaves a searching account of Elizabethan England with a vivid narrative of the playwright's life. We see Shakespeare learning his craft, starting a family, and forging a career for himself in the wildly competitive London theater world, while at the same time grappling with dangerous religious and political forces that took less-agile figures to the scaffold.

Copies From: £8.64 - £107.89


Romeo and Juliette For KidsRomeo and Juliet: For Kids
Lois Burdett

"Who is William Shakespeare?" For more than 20 years, Lois Burdett has asked that question of her elementary school students in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, leading them on a voyage of discovery that brings the Bard to life for boys and girls ages seven and up.

Copies From: £3.28 - £10.78


A Dictionary of Shakespear's Sexual Puns and Their Significance A Dictionary of Shakespeare's Sexual Puns and Their Significance
Frankie Rubinstein

This dictionary examines previously unnoted puns on the erotic attitudes and practices of the heterosexual and homosexual, the sexual deviant, and the impotent. It includes scatological puns in their usually bawdy contexts and ethnic puns, as sexually snide then as now. It stresses the need to read and hear Shakespeare word by word, giving full weight to each one and asking why the line is so and not otherwise.

Copies From: £8.00 - £94.37


Speaking Shakespeare Speaking Shakespeare
Patsy Rodenburg

In Speaking Shakespeare, Patsy Rodenburg tackles one of the most difficult acting jobs: speaking Shakespeare's words both as they were meant to be spoken and in an understandable and dramatic way. Rodenburg calls this "a simple manual to start the journey into the heart of Shakespeare," and that is what she gives us. With the same insight she displayed in The Actor Speaks, Rodenburg tackles the playing of all Shakespeare's characters.

Copies From: £6.99 - £25.29

Asimov's Guide to ShakespeareAsimov's Guide to Shakespeare: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying the Works of Shakespeare
Isaac Asimov

Shakespeare's genius is marked by his rare ability to appeal to theatergoers of all types and all levels of education. But for most modern folks, the Greek and Roman mythology and history, let alone the history of England and the geography of sixteenth-century Europe that his works are laden with, are hardly within our grasp. Isaac Asimov comes to making obscure issues clear to the layperson, selects key passages from 38 of the great bard's plays plus two of his narrative poems and, with the help of beautifully rendered maps an figures, illuminates us about their historical and mythological background.

Copies From: £2.62 - £104.74


Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation DictionaryShakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary
Alexander Schmidt

Volume 1 of massive work by a leading Shakespeare scholar and lexicographer, a standard in the field, provides full definitions, locations, and shades of meaning in every word in Shakespeare’s plays and poems. The two volumes contain more than 50,000 exact quotations, each precisely located. There is no other word dictionary comparable to this work.

Copies From: £9.07 - £39.77


Shakespeare's Insults Shakespeare's Insults: Educating Your Wit
Wayne F Hill & Cynthia J Ottchen

The sharpest stings ever to snap from the tip of an English-speaking tongue are here at hand, ready to be directed at the knaves, villains, and coxcombs of the reader's choice. Culled from 38 plays, here are the best 5,000 examples of Shakespeare's glorious invective, arranged by play, in order of appearance, with helpful act and line numbers for easy reference, along with an index of topical scorn appropriate to particular characters and occasions.

Copies From: £1.25 - £13.49