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By William Shakespeare

ISBN-10: 1588368297

ISBN-13: 9781588368294

Magic, love spells, and an enchanted wooden give you the fabrics for one in all Shakespeare's most pleasurable comedies. whilst 4 younger fans, fleeing the Athenian legislation and their very own mismatched rivalries, take to the woodland of Athens, their lives turn into entangled with a feud among the King and Queen of the Fairies. a few Athenian tradesmen, rehearsing a play for the approaching marriage ceremony of Duke Theseus and his bride, Hippolyta, by accident upload to the hilarity. the result's a fabulous mix-up of wish and appeal, merriment and farce, all touched through Shakespeare's inimitable imaginative and prescient of the fascinating dating among artwork and lifestyles, desires and the waking world.

Each version Includes:
• entire explanatory notes
• brilliant introductions and the main updated scholarship
• transparent, modernized spelling and punctuation, permitting modern readers to appreciate the Elizabethan English
• thoroughly up-to-date, certain bibliographies and function histories
• An interpretive essay on movie variations of the play, in addition to an in depth filmography

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I t i s her e tha t on e finds th e greatest controvers y attache d t o hi s plays , dependin g o n th e epoc h an d 'culture' which 'reads' him: his work has been seen as tragic, gloomy, heavy or, to put it in the terms of one of the earliest books on him: as 'the voice of twilight Russia' . Bu t wit h suc h a n interpretatio n th e directo r ha s t o g o against th e form o f hi s wor k - an d ignor e th e vita l rol e o f th e comed y which enable s Chekhov' s ton e t o remai n non-judgemental , detache d an d reserved.

The influence tha t nature exerts on the human psyche is reflected i n stories such a s 'Th e Student ' (1894 ) an d 'Th e Murder ' (1895) . So trees, flowers, clouds, dog s an d wolve s fee l an d thin k lik e people , a s demonstrate d i n 'Agafia', 'Rusty ' ('Kashtanka') , 'Patch ' ('Beloloby' , 1895 ) an d 'Terror' (1892). The y grieve , rejoice , worr y an d fee l sad . Man y Russia n writer s have portraye d natur e an d animals . Perhaps th e work s o f Serge i Aksakov or Mikhai l Prishvin 4 wil l surviv e t o becom e uniqu e evidenc e o f ho w ou r planet used t o be , an d wha t amazin g creature s live d o n it .

He died ther e o n 1 5 July . Righ t t o th e end , h e remaine d courageousl y composed. In enumeratin g Chekhov' s achievement s throughou t hi s life , on e migh t take hi m fo r a publi c figure . H e practise d medicine ; organise d ai d fo r famine-stricken provinces ; ra n a medica l statio n durin g th e choler a epi demic; built schools and hospitals; donated to public libraries; made public appeals fo r aid , an d personall y helpe d hundred s o f peopl e i n nee d an d misfortune. H e wrot e article s o n socia l an d politica l subjects , an d a book about th e priso n islan d o f Sakhalin , t o whic h h e ha d undertake n a n arduous journe y righ t acros s Siberia .

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