A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Harold Bloom, Janyce Marson
Infobase Publishing, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 260 pages
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A Midsummer Night's Dream's complexities are extraordinary. This ethereal fantasy involves four different levels of representation, which intermingle but never wholly fuse. This invaluable new study guide to one of Shakespeare's greatest plays contains a selection of the best criticism through the centuries about the play. Students will benefit from the abundant features included in this volume, such as an introduction by Harold Bloom, an accessible summary, analysis of key passages, and more.
  

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Contents

Biography of William Shakespeare
1
Summary of A Midsummer Nights Dream
5
Key Passages in A Midsummer Nights Dream
17
List of Characters in A Midsummer Nights Dream
39
Criticism Through the Ages
43
Sources of A Midsummer Nights Dream
45
Midsummer Nights Dream in the Seventeenth Century
47
A Midsummer Nights Drean in the Eighteenth Century
53
A Misdummer Nights Dream in the Nineteenth Century
61
A Misdummer Nights Drean in the Twentieth Century
95
A Midsummer Nights Dream in the TwentFirst Century
227
Bibliography
245
Acknowledgments
249
Index
251
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About the author (2008)

Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955. After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. In 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new institution in Savannah, Georgia, that focuses on primary texts. His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of The King James Bible.

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