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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog

It's a blog! Mainly of book reviews.

Currently reading

Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture: A Companion to the Collected Works
Thomas Middleton, Gary Taylor
Progress: 63/1183 pages
The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry
Robert Chandler
The Uncertain Land and Other Poems
Patrick O'Brian
Progress: 8/160 pages
The Poems and Plays of John Masefield
John Masefield
Progress: 78/534 pages
Poems Selected
Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes
Progress: 4/50 pages
Selected Poems
U A Fanthorpe
Progress: 18/160 pages
The Penguin Book of Scottish Verse
Mick Imlah, Robert Crawford
Hainish Novels & Stories, Vol. 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
Progress: 133/789 pages
The Art Book
Editors of Phaidon Press
Progress: 286/515 pages
The Essential Shakespeare
Ted Hughes
Progress: 82/259 pages
The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare - Stanley Wells, Michael Dobson OK - I haven't really read this cover to cover, but I used it recently whilst reading The Rape of Lucrece and thought it was fantastic. Besides entries on individual works and characters there are articles about Shakespeare's contemporaries, literary, theatrical and political, among others. Also entries on famous productions, filmic, radio, recorded and even stage versions!

Need to know where Dunsinane is? Or Agincourt? Look it up on the map of Shakespeare's Europe. Need to know which Monarch followed which - or was killed or had how many children? Look it up on the Shakespeare Royal family tree.

This book is endlessly fascinating; in about 300 words I learned more about the work of T.S. Eliot than in all the critical discussions I've ever been party to; want to know when the first translation of Shakespeare into any major language was made? Look it up!

Easily used, easy to read, informative and fun!