A Midsummer Night's Dream

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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 is Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University. He is the author of 30 books, including Shelley's Mythmaking, The Visionary Company, Blake's Apocalypse, Yeats, A Map of Misreading, Kabbalah and Criticism, Agon: Toward a Theory of Revisionism, The American Religion, The Western Canon, and Omens of Millennium: The Gnosis of Angels, Dreams, and Resurrection. The Anxiety of Influence sets forth Professor Bloom's provocative theory of the literary relationships between the great writers and their predecessors. His most recent books include Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, a 1998 National Book Award finalist; How to Read and Why; Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds; Hamlet: Poem Unlimited; Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?; and Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine. In 1999, Professor Bloom received the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Criticism. He has also received the International Prize of Catalonia, the Alfonso Reyes Prize of Mexico, and the Hans Christian Andersen Bicentennial Prize of Denmark.

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