A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare, Barbara A. Mowat, Paul Werstine, Catherine Belsey

Shakespeare’s intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start–Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes forLysander.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 298 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.94 out of 5
  • Published July 2016 by Simon & Schuster Paperbacks
  • Original Title: A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • ISBN: 0743477545 (ISBN13: 9780743477543)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Characters: Robin Goodfellow
  • a Puck
  • Demetrius
  • Hermia
  • Lysander
  • Helena...more
  • Theseus
  • Peaseblossom
  • Moth
  • Cobweb
  • Mustardseed
  • Oberon
  • Titania
  • Egeus
  • Philostrate
  • Peter Quince
  • Snug
  • Nick Bottom
  • Francis Flute
  • Tom Snout
  • Robin Starveling
  • Hippolyta...less
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Shakespeare’s intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start–Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander. Bad news is, Hermia’s father wants Demetrius for a son-in-law. On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena). In the forest, unbeknownst to the mortals, Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the faeries) are having a spat over a servant boy. The plot twists up when Oberon’s head mischief-maker, Puck, runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking. Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke’s wedding (one of whom is given a donkey’s head and Titania for a lover by Puck) and the complications become fantastically funny.Each Folger Shakespeare Library edition includes:- Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play- Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play- Scene-by-scene plot summaries- A key to famous lines and phrases- An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language- An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play- Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books- Essay by Catherine BelseyThe Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare’s printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs.