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Shakespeare's Plays

(Encyclopedia)Shakespeare's Plays(arranged by approximate date of composition)PlayApproximate date of compositionDate of first publicationSourcesMajor charactersGenreHenry VI, Part II15901594 Edward Hall, Union o...

As You Like It

The Question: I'm looking for a Shakespeare quote that begins: Tongues in trees, . . . in brooks . . . Any ideas? The Answer: …

Sir Michael Redgrave Biography

Sir Michael RedgraveactorBorn: 3/29/1908Birthplace: Bristol, England Son of silent-film actor Roy Redgrave, Michael Redgrave had a prodigious career in theater and film, including acti…

Sir Michael Redgrave

Sir Michael RedgraveactorBorn: 3/29/1908Birthplace: Bristol, England Son of silent-film actor Roy Redgrave, Michael Redgrave had a prodigious career in theater and film, including acti…

Janet McTeer

Janet McTeer is a Tony-winning English actress whose few appearances on the big screen have earned her two Oscar nominations, one for her lead role as a single mom in Tumbleweeds (1999…

Brewer's: Melancholy Jacques

(1 syl.). So Jean Jacques Rousseau was called for his morbid sensibilities and unhappy spirit. (1712-1777.) The expression is from Shakespeare, As You Like It, ii. 1. Sour…

Brewer's: Rotundity of the Belt

(Washington Irving). Obesity; a large projecting paunch; what Shakespeare calls a “fair round belly with good capon lined.” (As You Like It, ii. 7.) Source: Dictionary of …

Brewer's: Adam

The Talmudists say that Adam lived in Paradise only twelve hours, and account for the time thus:— The first hour, God collected the dust and animated it. The second hour, A…

Brewer's: Gamelyn

(3 syl., g hard). The youngest of the three sons of Sir Johan de Boundys. On his death-bed the old knight left “five plowes of land” to each of his two elder sons, and the r…