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Overview

“In the pure poetry and intoxication of words, Shakespeare never rose higher than he rises in this play.” —G. K. Chesterton


This Norton Critical Edition includes:

• Shakespeare’s most popular comedy—with its unforgettable love triangles, woodland fairies, and magic—based on Grace Ioppolo’s conflated text (Q1 with F1 variants) and accompanied by her introduction, note on the text, and explanatory annotations.

• Five illustrations.

• Seven sources for the play, including those by Geoffrey Chaucer, Plutarch, and Lucius Apuleius.

• Fifteen wide-ranging critical assessments, including ones by Jan Kott, Margo Hendricks, and Peter Brook.

• Adaptations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Robert Cox and Henry Purcell and Elkanah Settle.

• A Selected Bibliography.


About the Series



Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393923575
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 396,680
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Grace Ioppolo is the founder and director of the Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project and is Professor of Shakespearean and Early Modern Drama in the Department of English and American Literature at the University of Reading, England. She is the author of Dramatists and Their Manuscripts in the Age of Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton, and Heywood: Authorship, Authority, and the Playhouse (2006) and Revising Shakespeare (1991). She has edited Shakespeare’s King Lear for Norton and has published widely on textual transmission, the history of the book and literary and historical manuscripts, most recently as the co-editor of Elizabeth I and the Culture of Writing (2007). She is the General Editor of The Collected Works of Thomas Heywood, forthcoming 2012–15.

Date of Death:

2018

Place of Birth:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Place of Death:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

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