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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Naxos Classic Drama)

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Shakespeare's intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start--Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander. Bad news is, Hermia's father wants Demetrius for a son-in-law. On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena). In the forest, unbeknownst to the mortals, Oberon and Titania ...
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Overview

Shakespeare's intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start--Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander. Bad news is, Hermia's father wants Demetrius for a son-in-law. On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena). In the forest, unbeknownst to the mortals, Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the faeries) are having a spat over a servant boy. The plot twists up when Oberon's head mischief-maker, Puck, runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking. Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke's wedding (one of whom is given a donkey's head and Titania for a lover by Puck) and the complications become fantastically funny.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789626341506
  • Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Series: Naxos Classic Drama Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 3 CDs
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 4.96 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King’s New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as “an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers.” Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later under James I, called the King’s Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain’s Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.


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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 5 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 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

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    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 21 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 2 people found this review helpful.

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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 3 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2011

    blah

    words cut off

    1 out of 2 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    ack death leader

    "Dance for me dance"he shoots at jacksons legs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    Black death assasin

    Picks jackson up and tpushes him on to some tazera

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    Jackson

    Cries

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  • Posted July 6, 2014

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

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

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    Sierra

    Pets it and kisses its head

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Panther

    Was drug in yowling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Shadow

    Hit her with unsheathed paw.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Panther

    Kicked shadow and ran out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    To below

    You are soooooooo stupid. Why would you even say that. Some people have positive and negative feelings for Aj. I myself love it. But even though you dont like it you shouldnt say that its stupid. Just state that you dont like it in a positive way. The first sentence I said was an example. You didnt like that now did you. That might have hurt your feelings or made you angry. Well thats probably how the other person feels. Im not trying to be the nice police or a parent or anything but Im just sayin. DONT DO IT AGAIN!!!!!!!!(oh what are you going to do? You might ask. Well my dad happens to be one of those people who watch the language on here. Oh, I might just report you. So watch your back,buddy)

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