Annie Martirosyan
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Annie is a linguist and Shakespeare researcher, with PhD in Philology. She has passion galore for Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, languages, words, words, words, English churches and cathedrals, philosophy, etymology, folklore, literature, poetry and every single book of David Crystal who is her lifelong inspiration.
She still reads fairy tales before bed.

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The Joy of Accents and Potatoes

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 10:02 AM

You Say Potato is yet another successful collaborative book by David Crystal and Ben Crystal. The title derives from Let's Call the Whole Thing Off sung by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the film Shall We Dance. (Already got the tune...

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Dostoevsky Draws Shakespeare: The Fascinating Discovery

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 11:17 AM

Suddenly, Feodor Mikhailovich put down his tea cup carelessly on the draft, stood up and started his habitual intellectual ritual when he would walk to and fro in the room and make up his characters' speeches out loud...


It is the...

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Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary: Crystal Explains

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 8:02 PM

I may as well be a biased reviewer of David Crystal's books given that Words in Time and Place is the 30th book by the author to find a place on my special Crystal shelf.

The importance of this latest book (actually no, Crystal published

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Wordsmiths and Warriors the Book Every English-Language Tourist Needs

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 10:34 PM

Another Crystal gem is released by the Oxford University Press. Produced with Hilary Crystal, his wife, business partner, occasional co-author and a novelist, the universally-adored prolific language warrior and wordsmith David Crystal has come up with a picturesque book, in...

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Shakespeare Institute Students Wow Royal Shakespeare Theatre

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 8:31 PM

If you could ask Shakespeare one thing, what would it be? Building on this question, the MA Shakespeare and Creativity students at the Shakespeare Institute scripted an assessed creative project called Shakespeare UnBard which mounted in a performance at the Royal Shakespeare...

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Another Shakespeare Title by Bloomsbury

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 11:43 PM

An outstanding UK publisher with worldwide reach, Bloomsbury is renowned for their range of Shakespeare publications with a special imprint - The Arden Shakespeare.

One of the recent books of The Arden Shakespeare - Shakespeare UP Close: Reading Early Modern Texts - is...

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As You Like It in Review: RSC Has Got a New Peggy Ashcroft?

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2013 | 9:50 PM

Maria Aberg has done it again. The way she could make an incredibly tasteful use of balloons and confetti in King John last year, she has now succeeded in creating an enchanted forest of Arden with boots, blankets and beams. The gently spinning trees on the backdrop of the stage...

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Shakespeare by No Other Name

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 9:34 AM

I might have started my journey with Shakespeare as an anti-Shakespearean. Well, at least, that's what anti-Shakespeareans believe will happen to you if only you open your mind and let the enlightening rays of truth in. I clearly remember the first lecture on Shakespeare at university. Open swung the door...

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The Wonders of the Language of Shakespeare's Time

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 11:11 AM

In terms of language development, the Early Modern period is an important signpost. It was a time when the English language was being enriched at all levels and would eventually grow into the subtle-potent tongue we know today. Shakespeare was living in an era full of linguistic diversity and growing...

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Celebrating Linguistic Creativity

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 3:33 PM

The ability to write in an engaging, enticing and encouraging manner is an art. The question has always been crucial in academic writing. Of course, academic writing should be exempt from everyday patterns of usage and should have a distinct style. Yet the distinctness is sometimes taken to the extreme...

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Shakespeare Professor Unveils Our Demonic Dimension

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 8:16 AM

I rarely meet people who share my bittersweet obsession with both Shakespeare and Dostoevsky. So when I do, the elation is boundless. That's what made me gasp as I was looking through the contents of The Demonic: Literature and Experience, newly published by Routledge. The author,

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What's in a Sex? Understanding the Sexual in Early Modern England

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 6:48 PM

Every probing into the past is illuminating to the present. Applying our intuitions to understand past practices is rewarding but exploring history to make better sense of our present concerns is even more fulfilling. History is not merely a vacuum, a reality in its own shell, a lived away period...

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John Bradburne - The Believer, The Humanist, The Most Prolific English Poet

(4) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 4:20 PM

Not many people know of John Bradburne - not as many as should, since he is probably the most prolific English poet. But you will be excused for thinking that title is Shakespeare's. Professor David Crystal, the expert on both poets, estimates that Bradburne produced 170,000 lines of...

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The Delights of Mark Forsyth's Gemel Edition

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 7:03 PM

Nothing equals the joy of sniffing, caressing and reading a book. The feeling is more fulfilling when the book is a Folio edition or gilded or really old or illustrated or comes with someone's random token forgotten inside the pages... Mmmm, nothing better than the intoxicating smell of oldness which...

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A New Gripping Techno-Fantasy Novel By Hilary Crystal

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2013 | 6:55 PM

We all love a well-written book with some magic in it that would collect our minds into its pages and let us soar beyond imagination...

The intellectual calibre of the Crystals seems to know no bounds. Hilary Crystal's techno-fantasy novel The Memors targeting tweenagers...

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Oxford Professors Bust 30 Great Myths About Shakespeare

(4) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 7:14 PM

In a recent book by Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford professors Laurie Maguire and Emma Smith attempt to bust 30 myths about Shakespeare that have taken shape and credo over time. As stated in the Introduction, they do not aim to give a "yes" or "no" answer...

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The Bard, the Birthday and the Facebook Bid

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2013 | 5:19 PM

At no other time does it strike us as much literal how universal Shakespeare is as on 23 April when his birthday is celebrated universe-wide. With the pompous solemn march through Henley Street to the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthday is as much a revelation outside his motherland....

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The Literary Merits of Philippa Gregory's 'The White Queen''

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 6:52 PM

Now that the BBC is about to air the TV series adaptation of Philippa Gregory's The White Queen, it is well worth revisiting the merits of the book itself.

Set amidst the mayhem of the Wars of the Roses, it is a novel about a woman raised...

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What's in a King? BBC's Plantagenet in Review

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2013 | 1:25 PM

"I'll plant Plantagenet, root him up who dares", declares the Earl of Warwick in Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 3. And he does indeed. The Kingmaker, as he is famously dubbed, gets the knack of this making, unmaking of Plantagenet kings... But this restless element of fighting for the throne goes...

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An Eloquent Recital of Shakespeare's Sonnets

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 5:59 AM

Illuminations have shown their penchant for Shakespeare more than once... The DVDs of Sher's Macbeth, Tennant's Hamlet, RSC's African Caesar - to name but a few - have been a real treat for the less fortunate of us who could not audit...

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