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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: SparkNotes (July 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586638483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586638481
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,381 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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Either way I read it, it made it easier to understand, faster to read, and very enjoyable.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mel G. on October 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is great. It does a great job of breaking down the text of "Midsummer" and telling what it really means. On one page is the actual text of the play; On the direct opposite page is the translation. The only translation I've found so far that is way out there is the translation of "Tary rash wanton...." The translation is "Wait a minute, you brazen hussy...." Now, HOW is that an understandable translation?? This is the only thing that puts a damper on a perfect score. While I was in a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," our director frequently had us refer to the book to figure out what in the world we were saying. I highly reccommend buying this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 9, 2008
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The No Fear series allows quick understanding! I was going back and forth between reading the original first, and reading the modern first. Either way I read it, it made it easier to understand, faster to read, and very enjoyable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Boyer on May 12, 2007
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This book is very useful if you are reading this play for a class. Sometime a word or line is switched but other than that it's been very helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Fyler on December 22, 2012
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I bought this book for my son for his eight grade drama class. he liked because not only could he memorize his lines, there was also an explanation in present day English in the book of what each line meant. This an excellent tool for teaching and enhancing the enjoyment of Shakespeare
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Big D VINE VOICE on January 29, 2010
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Never say Shakespeare didn't have a sense of humor. He even made fun of himself.

This book, this play, is a comedy, a parody on his tragedy "Romeo and Juliet." This is laugh-out-loud funny at times.

No Fear Shakespeare is the best way to read the Bard, and this book is no exception.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MVF on March 10, 2009
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I ordered 3 copies of this book. I received my shipment faster than expected. No complaints.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By florarose on December 25, 2012
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perfect for brush-up Shakespeare. Attractive, easy-to-read /design with original and modern versions side by side. I would buy "No FearShakespeare" for any play I want to read or re-read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Hsiao on January 16, 2012
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The standard English translation helps get me through reading Shakespeare books. It helps me a lot because it is less frustrating and easier to understand. I recommend this to people who want to fully understand what Shakespeare is talking about with analyzing it too much. This book is straightforward and also provides the original version on one side and the translated version on the other side.
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