“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 comedywith its unforgettable love triangles, woodland fairies, and magicbased 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 formatannotated text, contexts, and criticismhelps 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.
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