Magic, love spells, and an enchanted wood provide the materials for one of Shakespeares most delightful comedies.
When four young lovers, fleeing the 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, resulting in a marvelous mix-up of desire and enchantment, merriment and farce....
This title in the Signet Classics Shakespeare series includes:
• An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater
• A special introduction to the play by the editor, Wolfgang Clemen
• A note on the sources from which Shakespeare derived A Midsummer Nights Dream
• Dramatic criticism from William Hazlitt, John Russell Brown, Frank Hermode, and others
• A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of A Midsummer Nights Dream
• Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable format
• Recommended readings