Midsummer night's dream

Title
  • Midsummer night's dream
  • A midsummer-night's dream [Electronic resource]
Author

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

Editor

Wells, Stanley W., 1930- (ed.)

Availability

Distributed by the University of Oxford under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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Languages

English

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LC keywords

Plays -- England -- 16th century
Comedies -- England -- 16th century

Extent
  • designation: Text data
  • size: (1 file : ca. 112 KB)
Source Description

Transcribed from: A midsommer nights dreame : as it hath beene sundry times publickely acted, by the Right Honourable, the Lord Chamberlaine his seruants / written by William Shakespeare. -- Imprinted at London : for Thomas Fisher, and are to be soulde at his shoppe, at the signe of the White Hart, in Fleetstreete, 1600.

Notes

Mode of access: Online. OTA website

Title proper taken from electronic text

Publication based on this text: The complete works / William Shakespeare ; general editors, Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor ; editors Stanley Wells ... [et al.] ; with introductions by Stanley Wells. -- Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1986. -- (Oxford Shakespeare). -- ISBN 0-19-812926-2.

Publication based on this text: The complete works / William Shakespeare ; general editors, Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor ; editors, Stanley Wells ... [et al.] ; with introductions by Stanley Wells ; and an essay on Shakespeare's spelling and punctuation by Vivian Salmon. -- Original-spelling ed. / Stanley Wells ... [et al.]. -- Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1986. -- (Oxford Shakespeare). -- ISBN 0-19-812919-X.

Another publication of interest: William Shakespeare : a textual companion / by Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor, with John Jowett and William Montgomery. -- Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1987. -- Partial contents: Pp. 69-109. The canon and chronology of Shakespeare's plays -- pp. 80-89. Function words. -- ISBN 0-19-812914-9.