This three-volume set comprises a reference covering not only the plays and the life of Shakespeare, but also his world and his continuing influence on modern culture. Arranged alphabetically, it presents the plays and provides details on poetry, government, music and theatre, prominent historical figures, critical commentaries, court life, gender, clothing, set design, characters in the plays, and cultural influences on Shakespeare. Sidebars highlight significant details and include comments by stage and film actors and producers regarding specific passages, costumes, props, and other aspects of production. Includes maps of England, London, and Stratford; genealogical charts illustrating the relationships of characters in the plays; numerous bandw illustrations; and eight-page color inserts in each volume showing the people and places of England, examples of different productions, and photos from movies, television, operas and ballets. Appropriate for high school and college. c. Book News Inc.