A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 23, 2011 - Drama - 256 pages
In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare stages the workings of love. Theseus and Hippolyta, about to marry, are figures from mythology. In the woods outside Theseus' Athens, two young men and two young women sort themselves out into couples—but not before they form first one love triangle, and then another.

Also in the woods, the king and queen of fairyland, Oberon and Titania, battle over custody of an orphan boy; Oberon uses magic to make Titania fall in love with a weaver named Bottom, whose head is temporarily transformed into that of a donkey by a hobgoblin or "puck," Robin Goodfellow. Finally, Bottom and his companions ineptly stage the tragedy of "Pyramus and Thisbe."

The authoritative edition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, is now available as an eBook. Features include:

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Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
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A key to famous lines and phrases
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An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
 

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User Review  - Janus Vielle Aragones - Goodreads

I got a copy of A Midsummer Night's Dream because it had been quoted, retold or mentioned in several YA books I've read, so I got curious. While I was reading through it, I was quizzical about the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Zoe Burger - Goodreads

puck (robin goodfellow) is officially my new husband. and the princes of the winter court <333 Read full review

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Contents

Editors Preface
ix
Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream
xiii
Reading Shakespeares Language
xiv
Shakespeares Life
xxviii
Shakespeares Theater
xxxvi
The Publication of Shakespeares Plays
xliv
An Introduction to This Text
xlviii
Text of the Play with Commentary
1
ACT 2 Scene 2
53
ACT 3 Scene 1
69
ACT 3 Scene 2
83
ACT 4 Scene 1
121
ACT 4 Scene 2
137
ACT 5 Scene 1
143
Textual Notes
175
A Modern Perspective
181

ACT 1 Scene 1
7
ACT 1 Scene 2
25
ACT 2 Scene 1
35
Further Reading
191
Key to Famous Lines and Phrases
203
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England’s Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children—an older daughter Susanna and twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare’s working life was spent in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright and poet, but also as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Although some think that sometime between 1610 and 1613 Shakespeare retired from the theater and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616, others believe that he may have continued to work in London until close to his death.

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