The Plant-Lore & Garden-Craft of Shakespeare
From Ophelia's pansies and Lear's crown of weeds to Desdemona's song of the willow and the many botanical references in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the plays and sonnets of William Shakespeare abound in allusions to trees, flowers, herbs, and shrubs.
This unique book explores a charming intersection of nature and literature, examining every plant mentioned by the playwright. An alphabetical glossary cites each plant, placing the quotation in context and discussing its symbolism. A synopsis of the plant's history is followed by practical advice for its cultivation. Dozens of engravings of plants appear throughout the book, in addition to full-page illustrations of Shakespeare's garden and other Avon sites. Shakespeare enthusiasts, historians, plant lovers, and gardeners will appreciate this comprehensive botanical survey and identification guide.
This Dover edition, first published in 2017, is an unabridged republication of the work originally published in 1896 by Edward Arnold , London and New York.
Henry N. Ellacombe, 2017, Paperback, 432 Pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-486-81328-8.