Shakespeare's Bawdy

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 291 pages
Here Partridge combined a detailed knowledge of Shakespeare and Elizabethan slang/innuendo to create 'a literary and psychological essay and a comprehensive glossary' of this long-avoided aspect of Shakespeare criticism.Shakespeare's Bawdy must rank as one of the great Eric Partridge's most outstanding accomplishments. In it Partridge, regarded by Anthony Burgess as 'a human lexicographer, like Samuel Johnson', was able to combine his detailed knowledge of Shakespeare with his unrivalled knowledge of Elizabethan slang and innuendo. It is, as he describes it, 'a literary and psychological essay and a comprehensive glossary', which opened the window upon a long-avoided aspect of Shakespeare's plays. Shakespeare's Bawdy is a work of delight and insight that has an appeal that transcends time and class. Acclaimed by Stanley Wells, editor of The Oxford Shakespeare, as 'a classic of Shakespeare scholarship', it takes its place alongside other classics with a well-deserved, if slightly cheeky, impunity. For sheer reading pleasure, Shakespeare's Bawdy is a wonderful addition to any bookshelf.
 

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Contents

ESSAY
1
NonSexual Bawdy
9
Homosexual
13
Sexual
19
General
53
Valedictory
59
Index to Essay
61
GLOSSARY
65
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Eric Partridge (1884-1979) was the author of some three dozen books, mainly on the aspects of the English language. Stanley Wells is an eminent Shakespearean scholar and the general editor of Oxford Shakespeare.

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