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A Midsummer Night's Dream (AmazonClassics Edition) Kindle Edition
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Festivities are underway in Athens as Duke Theseus prepares to marry Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons. But before the revelry can begin, four young lovers, a roving band of craftsmen, and the quarreling king and queen of the fairies must navigate the antics of a mischievous forest sprite named Puck.
Drawn from Greek mythology, enchanted fairy lore, medieval legend, and the Bard’s own beguiling imagination, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare’s most popular, peculiar, and everlasting comedy.
AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from the masters of storytelling. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or rediscover an old favorite, these new editions open the door to literature’s most unforgettable characters and beloved worlds.
Revised edition: Previously published as A Midsummer Night's Dream, this edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
About the Author
William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, to a middle-class glover and landowner’s daughter. He married Anne Hathaway in 1582 and moved to London to work with a theatrical troupe ten years later.
Since little has been learned of his early life, nearly all of what we know about Shakespeare begins—on the London stage—in 1592. In the wake of his critical and public success, Shakespeare helped build the Globe theater on the River Thames.
Regarded as the world’s preeminent dramatist, his extant works include thirty-eight plays, one hundred and fifty-four sonnets, and two narrative poems, and have been translated into every major language. To this day, his plays have been performed more often than those of any other playwright—adapted for film and television, updated, deconstructed, and transfigured into ballets, operas, and musicals. Though his formal education exceeded no further than grammar school, William Shakespeare became the most transcendent and influential writer in all of world literature.
- ASIN : B073QLX4V9
- Publisher : AmazonClassics (August 15, 2017)
- Publication date : August 15, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2089 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 134 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #42,950 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2021
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There are many joys to be had in reading (and seeing) “Midsummer”, but unique to reading the play here are just a few reasons why it is worth your attention. First, the introduction by Russ McDonald (Pelican Shakespeare edition) has some really good insights that I have not come across elsewhere. It is well done. As for the play itself, it yields countless joys, among them Act 2:1 where the leaders of the fairy fantastical world (Oberon and his queen Titania) have an epic quarrel. The scene boast some of the loveliest poetry in all of Shakespeare. The imagery is astoundingly fantastic. “Midsummer” actually contains some of the best poetry in the Shakespearean canon period, especially in the characters of Oberon- the King of the fairies, and Duke Theseus. In the hands of talented actors they have moments in the play that are mesmerizing. Act 5 of “Midsummer” is also one of the most pleasing and funny in all of Shakespeare. All of the loose plot lines are tied up; it has gut busting humor, and again that lovely poetry. As one of Shakespeare’s few original plotlines and a play where fantasy and harmony are emphasized, I imagine that the self-justification of art and artists was sometimes in his head as he wrote it. One of the truly remarkable plays of all time.
As for the Pelican Shakespeare series, they are my favorite editions as the scholarly research is usually top notch and the editions themselves look good as an aesthetic unit. It looks and feels like a play and this compliments the text's contents admirably. The Pelican series was recently reedited and has the latest scholarship on Shakespeare and his time period. Well priced and well worth it.
Buy this book! It will magically transform how your students connect to Shakespeare. The colorful pictures of different productions, paired for contrast, will spark creativity in your discussions. The prompts and questions help teens discover insights, making the play truly their own as they inhabit Shakespeare's imaginative world.
The layout with its blue-screen annotations and pictures of actors in scenes from Globe Theatre productions make this edition a winner for not just ESL and AP students, but everyone in your class.
The plot summary of each scene at the back of the text is truly helpful and can be read aloud before you and the class begin your Shakespeare adventure.
With this marvelous edition, you and your students pictorially visit the Globe Theatre in London. Sometimes we serious adults forget how funny and fun Shakespeare can be. This edition brings the bard's magic back to the classroom, getting students on their feet creating their own magic.
To earn five stars, lower the price. At $18, it's a bit pricey on a schoolteacher's salary. (Teachers, perhaps you could persuade your friendly school librarian to order a copy!) Why not include a Globe theatre DVD of a Midsummer with this edition? All in all, this edition certainly welcomes the bard into your class in a dazzling way with its "from the rehearsal room", "actor's view", and "director's notes" presented in different colored screens for ease of reading. Such notes remind us that a Midsummer NIght's Dream is a script, a play to be delighted in, not text to be slogged through for a boring test. Take heart! This version will prepare students for the Common Core assessments and high stakes tests because they will be discover "Shakespeare on their Feet" not only thinking deeply, but also connecting joyfully to the world's playwright. This edition creates life-long theatergoers--and isn't that what we truly want--and hope for as teachers of Shakespeare?!
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Especially impressive is the range of bibliography absorbed and offered here, and the elucidation of intertextual references, from Ovid and Apuleius via Chaucer and sixteenth century texts.
All of this series has a robust sewn binding and thick pages making it perfect for academic study.
I used this edition for my University studies in 2002… Twenty years later, I am homeschooling my friend’s girl, so I bought her this edition so that we could study, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ for her own education (she’s thirteen years-old).