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Midsummer Night's Dream

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ISBN-10: 0521825407

ISBN-13: 9780521825405

Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)

Authors: R. A. Foakes, William Shakespeare

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A Midsummer Night's Dream is perhaps Shakespeare's most popular comedy, and also a profound, archetypal play. The Introduction describes the two main traditions in the stage history, one emphasising charm and innocence, the other stressing darker suggestions of violence and sexuality, and relates them to similar traditions in critical interpretation, showing that both are necessary to a full understanding of the play. For this updated edition the editor has added a new section to the Introduction which takes account of the number of important professional theatre productions and the large output of scholarly criticism on the play which have appeared in recent years. The Reading List has…    
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Book details

List price: $69.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/28/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 168
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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,…    

Introduction, with new section on recent stage and critical interpretations
Note on the text
List of characters
The play
Textual analysis
Appendix: A further note on sources
Reading list