A Midsummer Night's Dream by William ShakespeareA Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night's Dream

byWilliam ShakespeareEditorDavid Bevington, David Scott Kastan

Mass Market Paperback | January 1, 1988

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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
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 Scho...
Title:A Midsummer Night's DreamFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 6.86 × 4.16 × 0.58 inPublished:January 1, 1988Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0553213008

ISBN - 13:9780553213003

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from helpful!! one of my favourites by shakespeare and having the translation is always helpful
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Play Good edition to a beloved classic.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helpful Text This is a great adapted version of A Midsummer Night's Dream that I use in my classroom for students who have difficulties understanding Shakespearean language. I love that there is modern English on one side of the page and the original text on the other side of the page.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't go wrong. There are better works by Shakesphere, but you can't go wrong giving this a read.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Laid Out Edition I loved this edition of Shakespeare's play, it is my favourite play of Shakespeare's and this book made it easier to read and understand! I recommend buying all of his plays from this company!
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just amazing We did this play in class, so that is when I bought it. It is one of my favourites by far.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nostalgic! This leaves me nostalgic of one of my previous productions. Definitley a bargain price for a classic best.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful This is probably my most favorite Shakespeare play. I have read it many times and it never gets old. I also find it to be one of the easier plays of his to read. I adore the characters and can imagine the beautiful scenery even though I have never seen the play.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Yes I remember this... I probably would have liked Shakespeare more in high school if there were no tests or assignments after reading his stuff. Someone should do an update and modernize the lingo in plain English. I would prefer that.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite This is my favorite Shakespeare book! Could read it a million times. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great One of the best comic love stories ever
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay Not really a big fan of reading plays, but was good.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it!! This is one of my favorites of Shakespeare, I have read this 4 times and it never gets old. It highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad Edition A good play but go for the oxford classics edition it is much better
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great A really good comedy with a really light hearted plot and funny characters. Love it!
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Shakespeare! Ever since I read my first Shakespeare play in grade 10, I have been a huge fan of the beloved Bard. Funnily enough, in my high school, the first Shakespeare play that people would usually read was A Midsummer Night’s Dream, however my class read Twelfth Night instead. For this reason I feel like I’ve been late to the party when it comes to reading and knowing the plot of this play! That being said, this was a wonderful Shakespearean comedy, and I can see why teachers would use this one as an introduction to his work. There are fairies, a love rectangle, a play within a play, a lot of confusion, and a guy whose head gets turned into a donkey. How can you go wrong? I think one of the reasons I loved Shakespeare right from the beginning was because I found the language easier to understand than I thought. Not that Shakespearean language is easy, but it was so hyped up for my entire educational career, that I thought it was going to be like reading gibberish. That was not the case, and it turned out that the characters were charming, the plot amusing, and the language beautiful. Like I said, I had read and loved Twelfth Night in grade 10, but the same can be said for A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well. As a high school teacher, I would definitely want to teach Shakespeare plays (my favourite being Macbeth), and I want to think of interesting ways of teaching it and making fun projects for the students to do. Contrary to popular belief, Shakespeare’s plays are excellent pieces to study because of the universal and timeless themes, and there are so many ways teachers could make these plays interesting and relevant for the modern student. I may write a separate blog post on the relevancy and importance of Shakespeare because I have so much to say about the topic. As an educator and a lover of Shakespeare I’m pretty biased when it comes to that debate! I would definitely choose this play or Twelfth Night as an introductory Shakespeare piece. Although I’m blanking on any modern adaptations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the movie She’s The Man is an excellent teen flick for Twelfth Night. If you know of any for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, please let me know so I can use them in class! I was so happy to cross another Shakespeare play off my TBR, and I can’t wait to see which one I want to pick up next!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite of S's Comedy This is my favorite of S's comedies. The plot is silly (as they all are) the language and imagination is beyond description, especially in the realm of the fairies. If you're going to read one of S's comedies, this is it.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cheerful and Exciting book to read!! I liked the ending of this story.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light hearted #plumreview World probably have this closer to a three and a half star review. Not as big a fan of Shakespeare's comedies, far prefer the tragedies. So of the puns come of a little cheesy for the modern reader.
Date published: 2016-11-14
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Date published: 2016-11-09
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!!!
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