Unique features of the Signet Classic Shakespeare: Extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world and theater by the general editor of the Signet series, Sylan Barnet Special introduction to the play by the editor, Robert B. Heilman, University of Washington Sources from which Shakepeare derived A Midsummer Night's Dream Dramatic criticism from the past and present Comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors directors and productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest and most readable type Up to date list of reccommended readings
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 (15641616) was a poet, playwright, and actor who is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers in the history of the English language. Often referred to as the Bard of Avon, Shakespeare's vast body of work includes comedic, tragic, and historical plays; poems; and 154 sonnets. His dramatic works have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Praise for William Shakespeare: Complete Works:“A feast of literary and historical information.” -The Wall Street Journal
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