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Four Useful Online Reference Works
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1437  Friday, 11 July 2003

From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Thursday, 10 Jul 2003 11:28:13 -0700
Subject:        Four Useful Online Reference Works

Perhaps we could turn for a moment from controversial threads whose
length not to mention noise might enable Theseus to emerge from the
labyrinth quickly and exit the list.  I'm a civilian hereabouts but am
somewhat fond of useful, self-contained posts, and would enjoy seeing
more of them here.  Here's my modest contribution, a listing of three
online Shakespeare glossaries and Abbott's grammar.  They are part of
the somewhat eccentric Perseus Project at Tufts, in the Renaissance
group with most of Marlowe and Shakespeare; the general URL is
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cache/perscoll_Renaissance.html
Descriptions here are mostly as given by the Perseus folks.  I list all
these references here because Google seems to have difficulty indexing
the Perseus material.  --Al Magary

E. A. Abbott, _A Shakespearean Grammar_ (3rd ed.; London and New York:
Macmillan and Company, 1870)
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.03.0080
Though most widely known today as the author of _Flatland_, a Victorian
social satire and introduction to higher-dimensional geometry, Edwin A.
Abbott (1838-1926) was also for 25 years the tireless headmaster of The
City of London School, where he wrote _A Shakespearian Grammar:  An
Attempt to Illustrate Some of the Differences between Elizabethan and
Modern English_ to help students understand the differences between
Elizabethan and modern syntax. It is still the most complete work on the
subject.  Online edition proofread to a medium level of accuracy.  [BTW
a new _Shakespeare's Grammar_, by Jonathan Hope, has just been published
by Thomson's Arden Shakespeare imprint:
http://www.ardenshakespeare.com/grammar.htm]

Alexander Dyce, _A General Glossary to Shakespeare's Works_
(Boston: Dana Estes and Company, 1904)
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.03.0067
Dyce (1798-1869), an important 19th century scholar, collector,
bibliophile, and editor of classical and Renaissance literature,
compiled this comprehensive dictionary of words used in Shakespeare's
drama and poetry. Entries include definitions of words, as well as
examples of usage from Shakespeare and other Renaissance writers.
Proofread to a high level of accuracy.

C. T. Onions, _A Shakespeare Glossary_ (Oxford:  Clarendon Press, 1911)
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.03.0068
The famous lexicon by C.T. Onions (1879-1965) that compiles terms used
in Shakespeare's plays and poems is still an indispensable resource for
readers and scholars who wish to clarify their understanding of
unfamiliar words or phrases. An outgrowth of his work on the Oxford
English Dictionary, this glossary includes brief definitions and
examples of usage from Shakespeare, with particular attention to words
that are provincial, archaic, unusually connotative, or otherwise
obscure for the modern reader.  Proofread to a high level of accuracy.

Alexander Schmidt, _Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary_
(Berlin. Georg Reimer, 1902)
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.03.0079
The Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary by Alexander Schmidt (1816-1887) is
a painstakingly compiled glossary of every word in the Shakespeare
corpus and an exhaustive collection of quotations. It has long been a
standard reference work.  Proofread to a high level of accuracy.

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