Botanical Shakespeare - Gerit Quealy
Illustrated compendium offlowers, fruits, herbs and trees appearing in Shakespeare.
Each plant is named, described and all mentions aereferenced with full Shakespeare quotes. For each plant too, there is a mine of useful facts and associations; for example, how the clinging burrs of the burdock plant became associated with obsessive crushes, orwhich poisonous plant Shakespeare was referring to in Hamlet with the term 'hebabon.' Gerit Quealy supplements the main text with a thoroughly-researched essay on Shakespeare's relationship to plants: his deep knowledge of botany and his unmatched skill in weaving metaphorical connections. A valuable source for readers interested in the herbal lore of Shakespeare's time.
New York: HarperDesign, 2017. Hardback, 207 pages. New.