Shakespeare Lexicon & Quotation Dictionary v1
Every Word Defined and Located, More than 50,000 Quotations Identified in Two Volumes
In more than 300 years of Shakespearean scholarship, only one book, the famous Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary, has investigated the meaning of every word that Shakespeare wrote. The lifetime work of professor Alexander Schmidt of Königsberg, this book has long been the indspensable companion for every person seriously interested in Shakespeare, Renaissance poetry and prose of any sort, or English literature.
Schmidt's set contains every single word that Shakespeare used, not simply words that have changed their meaning since the 17th century, but every word in all the accepted plays and the poems. Covering both quartos and folios, it carefully distinguishes between shades of meaning for each word, and provides exact definitions, plus governing phrases and locations, down to the numbered line of the Cambridge edition of Shakespeare. There is no other word dictionary comparable to it. Even more useful to the general reader, however, is the incredible wealth of exact quotations. Arranged under the words of the quotation itself (hence no need to consult confusing subject classifications) are more than 50,000 direct quotations. Each is preciscely located, so that you can easily refer back to the plays or poems themselves, if you wish context.
This Dover edition, first published in 1971, is an unabridged republication of the third revised and enlarged edition as published by Georg Reimer in Berlin in 1902 under the former title Shakespeare Lexicon.
Alexander Schmidt, 2013, Paperback, 767 Pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-486-22726-9.