A Midsummer-Night's Dream

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Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.

An edition of Shakespeare's comedy, including discussion of its production, themes, patterns, language, and author.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Coville follows up his version of The Tempest (see p. 84) with a retelling of another of Shakespeare's most popular plays. The fundamental story of magic, mischief and the trials and tribulations of love is preserved through well-chosen use of the original language and Coville's heady prose ("The queen... saw the ass-headed monstrosity through magic-drenched eyes"). Major plot lines are clearly and concisely rendered, but it is the portrayal of the various levels of humor-from Bottom's buffoonery to Puck's gleeful magic-making-that really captures the essence of the play. Nolan's (Dinosaur Dream) sumptuous, painterly watercolors highlight the theatrical setting of the spellbound wood. Gnarled, mossy trees provide the backdrop for a cast of unusually youthful lovers, gossamer-winged fairies (which nod at Rackham's famous interpretations) and a truly puckish Puck. A first-rate entre to the Bard. Ages 7-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Sheree Van Vreede
Who says Shakespeare isn't for kids? Certainly not this author/teacher and her second and third grade students. This book is part of a series by Lois Brudett called "Shakespeare Can Be Fun." The story is told through rhyme and the students' illustrations. Shakespeare is presented in a manner that is understandable to children without lessening the quality of the work. Perhaps the best part of the book is how it displays the students' interpretations. We see it through their eyes.
Children's Literature - Eileen Hanning
Midsummer Night's Dream is Bruce Coville's second retold Shakespeare tale. He handles the complexities skillfully. Illustrations by Nolan are a wonderful mix of detailed realism, powerful human emotions, and playful magic. Pictures give a sense of Nolan romping through his illustrations, whether he's capturing the impishness of Puck, foolishness of Bottom, or conflict of the lovers. Kindly, he gives character portraits on the end papers and we definitely used them in untangling the threads of the maze-like story.
Library Journal
One in a series of new editions of Shakespeare's plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream is suitable for use in high schools and compares very favorably with other editions currently available. The text is clear, and notes on the facing page make for easy reference. The edition includes an introduction to the play and to Shakespeare and a brief but useful note on Shakespeare's language and on the Globe theater. At the back are act-by-act study questions, writing assignments, and suggestions for other creative activities.-Bryan Aubrey, Fairfield, Ia.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3An adaptation of the play retold in rhyming couplets. The greatest strength of the presentation is in the contributions of Burdett's elementary-age students. The obviously neatened-up drawings of the characters in various scenes are done in brightly colored markers on white backgrounds and retain many stylistic traits unique to young creators. So, too, do the diary entries of the characters, letters between them, and other documents supplied by the youngsters and reproduced (complete with their creative spelling) on most pages. The charm of this precocious output will appeal more to adults than to children. The verse (the actual story of the play) does manage to scan throughout without noticeable forcing, but is rather heavy-handed. The most graceful phrases are the few that are direct quotes from the play. Unfortunately, nothing in this book distinguishes Burdett's words from the Bard's. This book is one of the end results of an extensive learning project that includes a performance by the children. Unfortunately, the active experience of all this creation is only hinted at on the page.Sally Margolis, formerly at Deerfield Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream ( PLB Oct. 1996; 48 pp.; 0-8037-1784-6; PLB 0-8037-1785-7): Coville (Fortune's Journey, 1995, etc.) gracefully retells this famous comedy, retaining just enough of Shakespeare's language to lend a sense of the world of the play without overwhelming picture- book readers. Nolan conjures a magical world of Mediterranean-blue skies and gloomy enchanted forests, helpfully including endpaper portraits of the cast of characters. As an introduction to the real thing, this may be useful to older readers who want to have the plot and characters in mind before they enter Shakespeare's realm.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781314065732
  • Publisher: HardPress Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2013
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613 at age 49, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others

Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the 16th century. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights.

Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime. In 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare's.

Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the 19th century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare's genius, and the Victorians worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called "bardolatry". In the 20th century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance.
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Table of Contents

About the Series
About this Volume
List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream 11
Pt. 2 Contextual Readings 87
1 Popular Festivals and Court Celebrations 89
The Rites of May 91
The Ballad 110
Court Entertainments 117
2 The Making of Men 149
The Ranks of Men: William Harrison's Of Degrees of People 151
The Formation of the Ruler: Plutarch's Life of Theseus 156
The Formation of the Gentleman: Sir Thomas Elyot and Roger Ascham 166
Working Men 179
The New Man: Simon Forman's Dreams 188
3 Female Attachments and Family Ties 192
Amazons 194
Gossips 217
Nuns 221
The Virgin Queen 231
A Poet and Her Patron 238
Family Ties 245
4 Natural and Supernatural 265
Bad Weather and Dearth 267
Metamorphosis and Monstrosity 275
Bestiality and Monstrosity 295
Monsters and Prodigies 300
Fairy Belief 307
Bibliography 325
Index 338
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Don't bother.

    The formatting was horrible. The text looks likes one big block-- no separation even between speakers. Unreadable.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Awesome

    It was very helpful. I used it when i was in it.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    It's okay

    It's okay, but anomonous on may 20 is kinda right.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Have not read this yet

    i have not read this yet, i have been ready the twilight saga again, as soon as i am done w/ that i will then begin this book. i hope to enjoy it.

    3 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Great Read!

    This is definetly worth reading. It is a true masterpiece! Also, quick sidenote to all of those who are complaining that this book was written in Old English- it wasn't. It wasn't even written in Middle English. This was written in MODERN ENGLISH!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2015

    Great

    It's really good. And could u guys stop with the rps? Some people are acctully reviewing

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2014

    Its all taste

    I mean, if you like Shakespeare's comedies then there is no doubt you will enjoy MSND. The characters and constant malapropisms make it funny so you may have to work your way into the style of the play before the jokes are blatant ( and even then it can be hard to tell; humoor changes with generations and time). Shakespeare is a very wordy author yet there is a wa to tell that the plays were- and are- quality. In the centuries when The Globe was renouned in England the play-goers were a tough crowd; the story had to be understandable AND entertaining. The audience was not always educated so Shakespeare and to make enough stage direction, action and subtext for the story to come through. We see that much of the monolougues and conversations could be summed up into a few sentences, yet often the entertainment and humor is provided by these sylolliques.

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    To all URGENT

    A cow walks in and rams at a random cat. "MOOOOOO!!"

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    This book can be counted as a wonderfully helpful study companio

    This book can be counted as a wonderfully helpful study companion to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but where it really shines is in giving me access to masterful language that needs updating for our modern ears.  I love seeing Shakespeare performed, and this book gives each section a freshness in translation, a royal British historical context delivered by an author who avoids dry textbook languages like a 16th Century plague, and makes the intended humor instantly recognizable.  As a study guide, it’s perfect.  As a way to truly delight in Shakespeare, this is what I want to read just before watching a film adaptation or heading to the theatre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2011

    blah

    words cut off

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2015

    Darkheart

    Slinks in. "Bloodclan?" He growls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2015

    Book

    Awrsome i love shakespeare

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2015

    Best Shakespeare Play.

    Best Shakespeare Play.

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  • Posted January 27, 2015

    One of my faves!

    One of my faves!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Horible

    No I am not a hater this book has nothing has only the scripet riten in a format that makes no seance dont waist your itme.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Does this have the words in script form

    Please answer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Peter

    He laughed darkly, glaring down at Endie with malice. "Get up, wh<_>ore."

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    Posted April 24, 2014

    Sierra

    Pets it and kisses its head

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    Posted March 17, 2014

    Panther

    Was drug in yowling.

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