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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Texts and Contexts (Bedford Shakespeare) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0312166212 ISBN-10: 0312166214 Edition: First Edition

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  • Series: Bedford Shakespeare
  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; First Edition edition (January 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312166214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312166212
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dean van Halen on July 8, 2009
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I had never purchased a "casebook" before, until it was required for class. This series presents the play plus articles and background information relating to the play, its subject matter and setting. This one in particular has documents concerning topics such as the Faerie Queen, Robin Goodfellow and buggery. Trust an M.A. of English, this is good stuff.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Hsiao on April 9, 2012
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Shakespeare has awesome plays so this book not only interprets it but also gives you the context. The negative to this book is that the context gets really boring and is pretty hard to understand. You will need someone who understands the language or else it will be hard for you to decipher what the author is talking about. The play is a good play. It is a romantic comedy. So, if you like these types of books/plays then this is definitely something for you. I personally do not like Shakespeare all that much but this play was not bad at all. Overall, I would recommend.
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