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A Midsummer Night's Dream (The RSC Shakespeare) [Paperback]

William Shakespeare , Professor Jonathan Bate , Eric Rasmussen
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5 Sep 2008 The RSC Shakespeare
From the Royal Shakespeare Company – a fresh new edition of Shakespeare's most loved comedy.
 
This book includes:
               
*  An introduction to A Midsummer Night's Dream by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate
*  The play – with clear explanatory notes on each page
*  A scene-by-scene analysis
*  An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre
*  A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play
 
The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This book presents a historical overview of A Midsummer Night's Dream in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with three leading Directors – Michael Boyd, Gregory Doran and Tim Supple – so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible - a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death.
 
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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (5 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230217893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230217898
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Jonathan Bate writes with as much elegance as insight about the making of theatre and the creation of the plays.'
-Richard Eyre, The Sunday Telegraph

'Footnotes at the bottom of each page gloss unfamiliar vocabulary, paraphrase tricky meanings and uncover bawdy puns. There is a universe to be found in these annotations: the Renaissance world of power and fate, sex and death, language and philosophy.' - Times Educational Supplement

About the Author

JONATHAN BATE is Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, University of Warwick, UK, and the editor of The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. He has held visiting posts at Harvard, Yale and UCLA and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine's College, Cambridge, and a Governor and Board member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. A prominent critic, award-winning biographer and broadcaster, he is the author of several books on Shakespeare, including The Genius of Shakespeare (Picador), which was praised by Sir Peter Hall, founder of the RSC, as "the best modern book on Shakespeare." In June 2006 he was awarded a CBE by HM The Queen 'for services to Higher Education'.

ERIC RASMUSSEN is Professor of English at the University of Nevada, USA, and the Textual Editor of The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works. He is co-editor of the Norton Anthology of English Renaissance Drama and has edited volumes in both the Arden Shakespeare and Oxford World's Classics series. He is the General Textual Editor of the Internet Shakespeare Editions project - one of the most visited Shakespeare websites in the world. For over nine years he has written the annual review of editions and textual studies for the Shakespeare Survey.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable 4 July 2013
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It has excellent notes but what's particular to this edition is the emphasis on performance: a history of the play's performance and interviews with 3 different well-known directors that really give information and inspiration for anyone involved in a production of the play or even just for the interested reader.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A light and enjoyable introduction to Shakespear 27 April 2002
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As a new Shakespeare reader, I can not compare it with his other plays, but I can say that A mid Summer night's dream is a light and enjoyable play. The characters are interesting, the setting is wonderful and the telling of the story is very visual. The aspect of the fairy world was particularly nice as well as the every so often witty lines. By using Shakespeare made easy, I was able to "translate" Shakespeare's language into plain English. By doing so I was able to better understand and get more of a feel of the play on the long run. I will use the "made easy" books again in my further Shakespeare readings I enjoyed them very much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare made easy 31 Jan 2010
By J. T. Conn - Published on Amazon.com
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The title says it all. This book makes the daunting task of reading Shakespeare less so. High schoolers can read the original plays side by side with modern translations. A truly great book to make enjoying Shakespeare a reality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kid Friendly Shakespeare 10 April 2007
By Mary Rawson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am currently reading this version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream with my fifth grade class. They are able to understand the story as we (as a class) tackle the more difficult Shakespearian verse. They appreciate the writing of Shakespeare more because his style is not interfering with their understanding of the story. It has been a great experience for all!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A light and enjoyable introduction to Shakespear 27 April 2002
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As a new Shakespeare reader, I can not compare it with his other plays, but I can say that A mid Summer night's dream is a light and enjoyable play. The characters are interesting, the setting is wonderful and the telling of the story is very visual. The aspect of the fairy world was particularly nice as well as the every so often witty lines. By using Shakespeare made easy, I was able to "translate" Shakespeare's language into plain English. By doing so I was able to better understand and get more of a feel of the play on the long run. I will use the "made easy" books again in my further Shakespeare readings I enjoyed them very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hermia is the best character 22 Sep 2006
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In my school, we read he book a midsummernight's dream and now we are doing the play at school. We read the original not this, but I still love it. My favorite character is Hermia because she is pretty and spunky and I am going to play her! This play rockz! Go Sherwood Middle School.
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