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

A Midsummer Night's Dream: Texts and Contexts (The Bedford Shakespeare Series)
Author: William Shakespeare
ISBN 13: 9780312166212
ISBN 10: 312166214
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication Date: 1999-01-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 346
List Price: N/A

This edition of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream reprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by four sets of primary documents and illustrations thematically arranged to offer a richly textured understanding of early modern culture and Shakespeare’s work within that culture. The texts, including facsimiles of period documents, conduct literature, county records, reports of court entertainments, and Queen Elizabeth’s speeches, contextualize the play’s treatment of popular and royal festivity, communities of women (including Amazons, gossips, and nuns), marriage expectations, and the supernatural. Editorial features designed to help students read the play in light of the historical documents include an intelligent and engaging general introduction, an introduction to each thematic group of documents, thorough headnotes and glosses for the primary documents (presented in modern spelling), and an extensive bibliography.

Sheree Van Vreede

Shakespeare is presented in a manner that is understandable to children without lessening the quality of the work. —Children's Literature