A Year in Books/Day 196: The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations from Shakespeare

  • Title: The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations from Shakespeare
  • Editors: Mary and Reginald Foakes
  • Year Published: 1998 (Columbia University Press)/This Edition: 2000 (Barnes & Noble Books)
  • Year Purchased: Early 2000s
  • Source: Barnes & Noble clearance rack
  • About: There is something off about heading to the Internet for your Shakespeare needs. If any writer cries out for an old-fashioned hard copy experience, it is the Bard of Avon. I will take this cheap clearance book over a Google search box every time. If you cannot find the quote you are looking for-or a suitable one you do not yet know exists-then you are a terrible, terrible contrarian in need of a scolding. Nearly 4000 quotations have been cross-indexed under a dizzying array of topics. The kicker? It was a labor of love by scholar Reginald Foakes and his wife, Mary (who died before it reached publication). How very Shakespearean.
  • Motivation: A dictionary + quotes + Shakespeare? This book practically screamed my name.
  • Times Read: Only as a reference tool, never cover-to-cover (it feels odd typing those words).

    English: Title page of Shakespeare's Sonnets (...

    English: Title page of Shakespeare’s Sonnets (1609) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Random Excerpt/Page 83: “Well you deserve. They well deserve to have That know the strong’st and surest way to get.”
  • Happiness Scale: 10

Daily Diversion #17: Tongues in Trees*

Gentle giant

Gentle giant

I’m a city girl but I like my urban living with a side of greenery, please. I like to call it tree tourism. We visited this handsome fella and several of his friends last week. You cannot tell  from this photograph that the countryside is miles away. Hop in the car and three minutes later you are in the shadow of a different kind of titan, all concrete and steel and cold comeliness.

*”And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”-William Shakespeare