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A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare
Editor David Bevington, David Scott Kastan

Random House Publishing Group | January 1, 1988 | Mass Market Paperbound

A Midsummer Night's Dream is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
Magic, love spells, and an enchanted wood provide the materials for one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies. When four young lovers, fleeing the Athenian law and their own mismatched rivalries, take to the forest of Athens, their lives become entangled with a feud between the King and Queen of the Fairies. Some Athenian tradesmen, rehearsing a play for the forthcoming wedding of Duke Theseus and his bride, Hippolyta, unintentionally add to the hilarity. The result is a marvelous mix-up of desire and enchantment, merriment and farce, all touched by Shakespeare’s inimitable vision of the intriguing relationship between art and life, dreams and the waking world.

Each Edition Includes:
• Comprehensive explanatory notes
• Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship
• Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English
• Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories
• An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 224 pages, 6.9 × 4.2 × 0.62 in

Published: January 1, 1988

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553213008

ISBN - 13: 9780553213003

Found in: Theatre

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME BOOK!!! This book should be read by all that love fantasy and love stories! The tale in which everyone loves the wrong person is confusing to some but if you understand shakespeare, you'll love this book for sure!!!
Date published: 2008-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite One of my favorite Shakespeare plays of all time…I have read it 3 times and I can read it over and over again. It’s so imaginative and unique.
Date published: 2006-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Faries, Donkeys, and Love One of the funnier plays by Whilliam Shakespeare. A group of friends find themselves in love, but a little animal named puck gets it all wrong. He puts a love spell on Demetrius and Lysander, and they go after the wrong girls. This is a short play full of pranks, faries, sprites and a lot more. This is the easiest play to read/comprehend by William Shakespeare.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nights it was excellent!!!!!!!!it was the best i have ever read /. I want to thank you very much with a great big THANK YOU !!!!!!
Date published: 2001-09-04

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare
Editor David Bevington, David Scott Kastan

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 224 pages, 6.9 × 4.2 × 0.62 in

Published: January 1, 1988

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553213008

ISBN - 13: 9780553213003

From the Publisher

Magic, love spells, and an enchanted wood provide the materials for one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies. When four young lovers, fleeing the Athenian law and their own mismatched rivalries, take to the forest of Athens, their lives become entangled with a feud between the King and Queen of the Fairies. Some Athenian tradesmen, rehearsing a play for the forthcoming wedding of Duke Theseus and his bride, Hippolyta, unintentionally add to the hilarity. The result is a marvelous mix-up of desire and enchantment, merriment and farce, all touched by Shakespeare’s inimitable vision of the intriguing relationship between art and life, dreams and the waking world.

Each Edition Includes:
• Comprehensive explanatory notes
• Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship
• Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English
• Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories
• An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography

From the Jacket

Magic, love spells, and an enchanted wood provide the materials for one of Shakespeare''s most delightful comedies. When four young lovers, fleeing the Athenian law and their own mismatched rivalries, take to the forest of Athens, their lives become entangled with a feud between the King and Queen of the Fairies. Some Athenian tradesmen, rehearsing a play for the forthcoming wedding of Duke Theseus and his bride, Hippolyta, unintentionally add to the hilarity. The result is a marvelous mix-up of desire and enchantment, merriment and farce, all touched by Shakespeare''s inimitable vision of the intriguing relationship between art and life, dreams and the waking world.
Each Edition Includes:
- Comprehensive explanatory notes
- Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship
- Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English
- Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories
- An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography

About the Author

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King’s New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as “an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers.” Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later under James I, called the King’s Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain’s Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen , and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece . His 1
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From Our Editors

Newly revised, this comic play by Shakespeare features a new Introduction by Sylvan Barnet, former Chairman of the English Department at Tufts University, an updated bibliography, suggested references, and stage and film history.

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