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    A Midsummer Night's Dream (Wadsworth Collection) (Paperback) By (author) William Shakespeare, Introduction and notes by Prof. Cedric Watts, Series edited by Prof. Cedric Watts, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine

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    DescriptionThe Wordsworth Classics' Shakespeare Series, with Romeo and Juliet, Henry V and The Merchant of Venice as its inaugural volumes, presents a newly-edited sequence of William Shakespeare's works. The textual editing takes account of recent scholarship while giving the material a careful reappraisal. Its lyricism, comedy (both broad and subtle) and magical transformations have long made A Midsummer Night's Dream one of the most popular of Shakespeare's works. The supernatural and the mundane, the illusory and the substantial, are all shimmeringly blended. Love is treated as tragic, poignant, absurd and farcical. 'Lord, what fools these mortals be!', jeers Robin Goodfellow; but the joke may be on him and on his master Oberon when Bottom the weaver, his head transformed into that of an ass, is embraced by the voluptuously amorous Titania. Recent stage-productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream have emphasised the enchanting, spectacular, ambiguous and erotically joyous aspects of this magical drama which culminates in a multiple celebration of marriage.


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    Title
    A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William Shakespeare, Introduction and notes by Prof. Cedric Watts, Series edited by Prof. Cedric Watts, Series edited by Dr. Keith Carabine
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 128
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 6 mm
    Weight: 86 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781853260308
    ISBN 10: 1853260304
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.2
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC21: 822.33
    BIC subject category V2: DDS
    DC22: 822.33
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: PY
    Libri: I-PY
    B&T General Subject: 630
    BISAC V2.8: DRA010000, DRA003000
    Thema V1.0: DSG, DDA, FBC
    Edition
    Annotated
    Edition statement
    annotated edition
    Illustrations note
    glossary
    Publisher
    Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    Imprint name
    Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    Publication date
    01 January 1998
    Publication City/Country
    Herts
    Review text
    Of late many classic titles - including the Bible - have been turned into manga, in a 21st-century version of the venerable Classics Illustrated comics. This take on the Bard boils his play down to approximately 20 words per page, drastically abridging the text, though keeping intact the original language and meter. A fully colored dramatis personae reduces the characters to sound bites and shines in comparison to the flat, gray-toned images that murkily tell the story itself. As drawn by Brown, the characters are decidedly more Western-looking in their styling than is typical to most manga, and the adaptor's choice of setting is an anachronistic mishmash of quasi-antique and modern, a choice that will leave sophisticated readers knowledgeable with the text slightly puzzled. The Tempest (ISBN: 978-0-8109-9476-8), drawn by Paul Duffield, follows an identical template. These attempts to convert Shakespeare into visual language fall flat, although the slick manga styling alone may attract some new readers to these works. (plot summary, author's biography) (Graphic fiction. 13 & up) (Kirkus Reviews)