Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Shakespeare's incomparable romantic comedy takes on a new and vivid life in these brilliant images by one of the 20th century's leading illustrators. The fairy world of A Midsummer Night's Dream is the perfect milieu for the artistry of Arthur Rackham, a popular illustrator of fairy tales who possessed a striking gift for depicting fanciful creatures. His dreamlike visions provide a series of unique portraits from the enchanted wood outside ancient Athena, where Oberon and Titania rule a kingdom of diminutive sprites.

Rackham's career coincided with the era known as the Golden Age of Illustration, an age that witnessed the rise of increasingly sophisticated color printing techniques. His interpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which first appeared in 1908, received the full benefit of the improved technology, and this faithful reprint offers a quality of printing and sharpness of reproduction that rivals the limited and first editions. The complete text of the play appears here, along with 40 full-color and numerous black-and-white illustrations—a splendid tribute by a master of fantasy art to an immortal play.

This Dover edition, first published in 2003, is an unabridged republication of the work originally published as A Midsummer Night's Dream: With Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, R.W.S. by William Heinemann, London, in 1908. The majority of the text pages have been repaginated in this new edition, and three black-and-white spot illustrations have been moved to the new locations. The captions for the color illustrations now appear on the same page as the illustration. Page references have been provided for the captions.

William Shakespeare with illustrations by Arthur Rackham
2003, Paperback, 176 Pages. ISBN: 0-486-42833-8.
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