“In the pure poetry and intoxication of words, Shakespeare never rose higher than he rises in this play.” —G. K. Chesterton This Norton Critical Edition includes: • Shakespeare’s most popular comedy—with its unforgettable love triangles, woodland fairies, and magic—based on Grace Ioppolo’s conflated text (Q1 with F1 variants) and accompanied by her introduction, note on the text, and explanatory annotations. • Five illustrations. • Seven sources for the play, including those by Geoffrey Chaucer, Plutarch, and Lucius Apuleius. • Fifteen wide-ranging critical assessments, including ones by Jan Kott, Margo Hendricks, and Peter Brook. • Adaptations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Robert Cox and Henry Purcell and Elkanah Settle. • A Selected Bibliography. About the Series Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.
This volume highlights new aspects of several of Shakespeare’s plays, such as the role of women and the lower classes in the Roman tragedies, holding up a mirror to the powers that be. It also emphasizes the role of the early Shakespeare teachers at the first Indian College of Western Education. Even as it offers new perspectives on famous tragedies like Hamlet, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, and Antony and Cleopatra, the book also includes chapters on topics like Shakespeare’s celebrated tree and Cleopatra’s enigmatic personality. As such, it will serve to be highly rewarding for Shakespeare specialists and enormously stimulating for students.