I found this in my library system and gave it a try.
You should, too!
It's a good account both of what the theater of Shakespeare's would have been like and what words or phrases Shakespeare coined or made popular.
The gimmick is that the description of what's going on as Shakespeare writes and rehearses and puts on a play contains the words or phrases that we know best though Shakespeare. On the facing page, we get an inset that explains the words he used.
The best way to explain that further is to show you. Here are two spreads from the book (click on them to enlarge them):
I love the detail (this is a nice, large book—ideal for pouring over) and the explanation of the words and phrases. It's very nicely done—and would make a great gift for the Shakespeare lover (of whatever age) in your life.
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