Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary

Comprehensive dictionary for studying Shakespeare at school and at home

Author David Crystal and Author Ben Crystal

Suitable for:  11-16 years, parents, teachers, librarians

Price:  £12.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-273750-2
Publication date: 02/04/2015
Flexicover: 352 pages

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Winner of Best Book, Publication, or Recording prize at the Falstaff Awards 2015 and shortlisted for the 2016 SLA Information Book Award. This innovative dictionary is written by leading experts in linguistics and Shakespeare, David and Ben Crystal. It provides students with invaluable support while they read and understand Shakespeare's plays.


  • Over 4000 difficult words explained with clear definitions from the 12 most-studied plays
  • Language and usage notes include fascinating insights into Shakespeare's world and the Elizabethan theatre
  • 24 full-colour illustrated pages - on themes such as dress, armour, maps, music and more - bring Shakespearean times to life

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  • "Sometimes you find a book and think, 'Why didn't someone do this years ago?' The answer is probably that no-one else could have approached the job or seen it through to completion so magnificently. This is much more than a valuable resource to make Shakespeare's vocabulary accessible to students; it is so crammed with delicious snippets that it is a delight to browse." - UK Literacy Association (UKLA)
  • "Savvy navigation tools, skilful indexing and clever colour coded referencing." - The BookBag
  • "Guaranteed to enhance enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare's work." - Parents In Touch
  • "Stunningly useful book" - The Guardian
  • "A modern and dynamic approach to Shakespeare's language usage" - Editing Matters
  • "It is not only scholarly and comprehensive, it is hugely enjoyable" - Books for Keeps
  • "A charming and deliciously meaty book, it's a must for every primary and secondary English and Drama classroom in my view, and essential for the school library too." - Susan Elkin, The School Librarian
  • "It's a joyful celebration as much as an aid to teaching and learning and affectionate as it is scholarly" - Teach Secondary
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