A Midsummer Night's Dream (Arden Shakespeare, Second Series) / Edition 2

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Arden Shakespeare, Second Series) / Edition 2

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by William Shakespeare, Harold Brooks
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1903436605

ISBN-13: 9781903436608

Pub. Date: 09/28/1979

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Harold Brooks was Professor of English at Birkbeck College in the University of London. As a general editor of the Arden Shakespeare, he closely supervised over twenty-nine volumes, contributing critical essays to The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Comedy of Errors, as well as appendices to various

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Harold Brooks was Professor of English at Birkbeck College in the University of London. As a general editor of the Arden Shakespeare, he closely supervised over twenty-nine volumes, contributing critical essays to The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Comedy of Errors, as well as appendices to various other Arden editions. He is the author of a wealth of scholarship on Richard III, including the essay "Richard III: Antecedents of Clarence's Dream".

In Part I of the introduction, the editor explores the original composition of the text using historical evidence with consideration of the poetic style and describes the play’s likely sources and antecedents, though he maintains that the existence of "any comprehensive source for A Midsummer Night’s Dream is altogether unlikely.”  In Part II, the editor dissects the play with regard to exposition; design and plot; characters and comedy; lyricism, music and dance; the distinct settings; and the principal themes.  Four appendices follow the play itself.  They include source materials, four textual cruces within A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the mislined verse in QI, v. i. and Quince’s Prologue (v. i. 108-16) rightly punctuated.  The Arden Shakespeare edition also includes a list of abbreviations used in the text for reference. 

The Arden Shakespeare has developed a reputation as the pre-eminent critical edition of Shakespeare for its exceptional scholarship, reflected in the thoroughness of each volume. An introduction comprehensively contextualizes the play, chronicling the history and culture that surrounded and influenced Shakespeare at the time of its writing and performance, and closely surveying critical approaches to the work. Detailed appendices address problems like dating and casting, and analyze the differing Quarto and Folio sources. A full commentary by one or more of the play’s foremost contemporary scholars illuminates the text, glossing unfamiliar terms and drawing from an abundance of research and expertise to explain allusions and significant background information. Highly informative and accessible, Arden offers the fullest experience of Shakespeare available to a reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781903436608
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
09/28/1979
Series:
Arden Shakespeare Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
271,931
Product dimensions:
5.07(w) x 7.85(h) x 0.63(d)

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A Midsummer Night's Dream 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 283 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Regal nobility, mischievous fairies, mortals in love - where else can you find a more tantalizing cast of characters? Shakespeare, of course! A Midsummer Night¿s Dream, a story written to enchant your imagination, is full of unexpected twists. At the beginning, you are introduced to six soap-opera style Athenians caught in the game of love. The reader is lead to assume that this is a historical-fiction love story. But later on, the lovers meet fairies and sprites, and a story unlike any other reveals itself. Magic potions and antidotes, transfigured human heads, and fairies and humans in love unfold in this plot of anxiety, turmoil, love, friendship, and chivalry. I really enjoyed this book. Shakspeare does a great job of weaving unimaginable twists into a seemingly predictable story of love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this for class and I was one of a few that gog it on a e book. You shouldnt get it for a project or something important. Youd seriously need the actual book to be able to follow the story and the page numbers. It only has half of the number of pages too. I say its a good book and its by Shakespeare! What do you mean its not a good book? Shakespeare is a well known writer every where. If it wasnt a good book? People in schools wouldnt be doing projects and be learning about it. Over all: many type os, no numbers for each lines, and missing many things. Its a good book but since written in the time of Shakespeare, of course its hard to understand but you learn something new everytime. Id say a very good story line but very poor in format since it leaves out may important details from the original.
Zoe Berl-Hahn More than 1 year ago
My favorite one of his plays! Shakespeare never is a disappoitment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to read because of typos
Kristi Behme More than 1 year ago
I downloaded this good thing it was free it was not even relatively close to the real thing do not waste your time with this crap. It is only 31 pages.
Shatter More than 1 year ago
Shatter Got on mah computer to post this, read my post at 'Erin Hunter' res 1 plz!  She yawned
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mid summers nigts dream is awesome.my favorite charecter is puck. Such humor. Anx it is beautiful.makes me want to cite it and impress my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've noticed that the people who commented and didn't like it can't even spell. ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We are reading this book now and its really good the characters are wonderful the plot is astounding and above al its a very good read i reccomend it 100%.
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Odd wording in this story, don't you think?
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Are any of you 700 interested in drama?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ROLEPLAY AT GAME ALL RESULTS CLICK SECOND RESULT AND CONTACT KAYLA GO HAVE FUN
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Pads around camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lay down on a tree branch. Bored.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks at Outstrike then flies out back to camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nope i have been on for 2 years
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Yawns
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haha I &#9829 being a brony. TRICKED YA!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wanna hear a joke?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Then walks away now that the cat is dead
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To all clans. YOU WILL ALL DIE TOMORROW!!!!! I AM ATTACKING ALL THE CLANS!!!!!!!!""""