October 2015

The October 2015 update to Oxford Reference Library adds two new editions to Oxford Reference, all now available through institutional title-by-title perpetual access. Find out more about each title by using the links below:


The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare


From the conjectured identity of the Dark Lady of the Sonnets to the misprints in the First Folio, from Shakespeare’s favourite figures of speech to the staging of Othello in South Africa, a team of 100 internationally renowned scholars provides a lucid, stimulating, and authoritative guide to Shakespeare’s plays and poems, and their interpretation around the world over the last four centuries.

Now revised and updated to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, this much-loved Companion reflects developments and discoveries made in recent years as well as the performance, interpretation, and influence of Shakespeare’s works up to the present day.

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  • In this video Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham, describes the process of updating The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare for a second edition

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The Oxford Companion to British History

The Oxford Companion to British History


First published in 1997, under the editorship of the late John Cannon and in consultation with over 100 distinguished contributors, this Companion describes and analyses the people and events that have shaped and defined life in Britain over more than 2,000 years of political, social, and cultural change.

New entries on topics such as alternative vote, the financial crisis, Olympics in Britain, and the Scottish Independence Referendum ensure that the Companion remains relevant and current.

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