What's so friendly about William Shakespeare? If you're baffled by the Bard but want to know what's kept him on the A-list for four centuries--or even if you're already a fan--you'll find enlightment in this fun, irreverent, an readable guide to Shakespeare's plays, life, and times. Here are answers to questions like: Was Shakespeare murdered? What was the most popular theatre snack in Shakespeare's day? In what play does the most spit fly? At which play did T.S. Eliot scoff, 'So far from being Shakespeare's masterpiece, the play is most certainly an artistic failure'? What was the real plot of Hamlet? What is a 'leaping house,' in Shakespearean slang? If someone calls you a 'rampallian' or a 'fustalarian,' should you feel insulted?