Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April Series of the Month: Shakespeare Lexicon

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

April 23, 2016 marks the 400 anniversary of the death of the famous poet, playwright, and actor, William Shakespeare. The whole world is celebrating Shakespeare and his work this April through performances, exhibitions, and conferences all month long. Cosimo is joining in by highlighting Shakespeare Lexicon by Alexander Schmidt as our Series of the Month.

Still often used today, German schoolmaster and philologist Alexander Schmidt's Shakespeare Lexicon is the source for elucidating the sometimes cryptic language of Shakespeare and tracking down quotations. Volume 1 covers A through L, from "a: the first letter of the alphabet" to "Lysimachus," a proper name. Volume 2 covers M through Z, from "Mab: the queen of the fairies" to "Zounds: an oath contracted from God's wounds," and features numerous appendices and supplements on grammar and usage.

Every word from every play and poem is cataloged, referenced, and defined in this exhaustive two-volume work, the result of arduous research and stalwart dedication. Serious scholars and zealous fans will find the Lexicon the ultimate guide to reading and decoding the Bard.

To find great Shakespeare activities near you, check out shakespeare400.org.

Cosimo offers this Classic series by individual volume at various online bookstores or as a full set in paperback.

The paperback retail list price: $59.98, but now: our price: $49.99 (you save $9.99 or a 20 percent discount)

The hardcover retail list price: $109.98, but now: our price: $89.99 (you save $19.99 or a 18 percent discount)

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