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A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare

Steck-Vaughn | May 1, 1996 | Trade Paperback

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An exciting new edition of the complete works of Shakespeare with these features: Illustrated with photographs from New York Shakespeare Festival productions, vivid readable readable introductions for each play by noted scholar David Bevington, a lively personal foreword by Joseph Papp, an insightful essay on the play in performance, modern spelling and pronunciation, up-to-date annotated bibliographies, and convenient listing of key passages.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 8.82 × 5.76 × 0.14 in

Published: May 1, 1996

Publisher: Steck-Vaughn

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 081146833X

ISBN - 13: 9780811468336

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 8.82 × 5.76 × 0.14 in

Published: May 1, 1996

Publisher: Steck-Vaughn

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 081146833X

ISBN - 13: 9780811468336

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An exciting new edition of the complete works of Shakespeare with these features: Illustrated with photographs from New York Shakespeare Festival productions, vivid readable readable introductions for each play by noted scholar David Bevington, a lively personal foreword by Joseph Papp, an insightful essay on the play in performance, modern spelling and pronunciation, up-to-date annotated bibliographies, and convenient listing of key passages.

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Understanding the Play: * The words themselves Are they similar to modern words? Can you guess their meaning from this? Check the glossary for any that are new to you.* The context of the immediate lines Is there a general theme in the conversation or speech that might give you some clues?* The context of the scene Where and when is this scene taking place? What is the main action? Can you picture the scene and pick up clues from the setting?* The characters as you understand them When you saw this character before, was he or she funny, depressed, scared, serious? Can you guess at the sort of things this person might say and the sort of tone he or she is likely to adopt?

About the Author

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare
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Understanding the Play: * The words themselves Are they similar to modern words? Can you guess their meaning from this? Check the glossary for any that are new to you.* The context of the immediate lines Is there a general theme in the conversation or speech that might give you some clues?* The context of the scene Where and when is this scene taking place? What is the main action? Can you picture the scene and pick up clues from the setting?* The characters as you understand them When you saw this character before, was he or she funny, depressed, scared, serious? Can you guess at the sort of things this person might say and the sort of tone he or she is likely to adopt?

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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