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"Lord, what fools these mortals be!"
Written in the 1590s reportedly for a wedding party attended by Queen Elizabeth I A Midsummer Night’s Dream has all the charm of an afternoon frolic in the countryside. Fairies and magical potions add to the delight as love is turned upside down.
Shakespeare moves us with the imagery and rhythms of his verse, and we revel in the sharpness of his insight into life, love, and the human condition. Memorable characters abound, playfulness and mischief control the plot, and the play-within-a-play remains one of the great scenes in English comedy.
To make A Midsummer Night’s Dream more accessible for the modern reader, our Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Classic includes a glossary of the more difficult words, as well as convenient sidebar notes to enlighten the reader on aspects that may be confusing or overlooked. In doing this, it is our intention that the reader may more fully enjoy the beauty of the verse, the wisdom of the insights, and the impact of the play.