Synopses & Reviews
Our Signet Classic Shakespeare Series was extensively revised in 1998. We offer the best of everything -- unforgettable works edited by eminent Shakespeare scholars, comprehensive notes on the text, an essay on Shakespeare's life and times, source material, critical commentaries, extensive bibliographies, and footnotes. And there's more
-- Grow with the times by including both historical and thoroughly contemporary critical commentary on such issues as feminist, political, and theatrical interpretations of the plays -- with recent full-length essays by such respected scholars as Frank Kermode, Carolyn Heilbrun, Michael Goldman, Linda Bamber, and many others.
-- Provide more bibliographic listings and more up-to-date and relevant listings of pertinent books and articles in the Suggested Reference Section than the competition offers.
-- Feature essays on the Performance or Stage History of each play, written by Sylvan Barnet.
Newly revised, this comic play by Shakespeare features a new Introduction by Sylvan Barnet, former Chairman of the English Department at Tufts University, an updated bibliography, suggested references, and stage and film history.
Table of Contents
William Hazlitt: From
The Characters of Shakespeare?s Plays
Henry Alonzo Myers: ?Romeo and Juliet? and ?A Midsummer Night?s Dream?: Tragedy and Comedy
John Russell Brown From Shakespeare and His Comedies
Frank Kermode: ?A Midsummer Night?s Dream?
Linda Bamber: The Status of the Feminine in Shakespearean Comedy
Sylvan Barnet: ?A Midsummer Night?s Dream? on the Stage and Screen
NEWLY ADDED ESSAY:
Camille Wells Slights: From Shakespeare?s Comic Commonwealths