Literary Classics are indispensable masterpieces, which help us understand our world irrespective of changing times. Timelessness of such works make them even more relevant for younger minds that are in their formative years. But the children, when they are just brushing their linguistic teeth might find Elizabethan English a little harder to chew and might choose to stay away.
Wisemen Publication’s – Wisemen World Classics is an attempt to befriend your growing child with Great Masters of world literature, retelling their content in contemporary prose with vivid illustrations, while retaining the music of the original work.
About A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
This is the story of a single night and the day following it. It is a dream because most of the happenings we witness would not happen in real life.
The central characters of the story are a pair of lovers. Hermia is in love with Lysander but she cannot marry him because her father wants her to marry another young man Demetrious. Another young woman Helena who is in love with Demetrious.
Hermia’s father Egeus wants the law to pressurize Hermia into following his will. Hermia and Lysander decide to run away from Athens on a midsummer night when the law of Athens threatens to thwart their love.
Unfortunately, Helena who is also Hermia’s childhood friend discloses their plan to Demetrius in the hope of winning back his favour. He follows them to the wood along with her.
Read this story book to find out what happens next…
About William Shakespeare – William Shakespeare has ruled the English literature for 400 years. Born on 23 April in 1564 in the village of Stratford-on-Avon as the third child of John Shakespeare, he had to support his family as his father’s business fell apart. While 18, he married Anne Hathaway, a peasant girl, eight years older to him. About 1589, Shakespeare joined a theatre company in London as a general helper but soon started acting and writing plays.
Initially, he worked with other writers, before writing his own plays. Love’s labour lost, Comedy of Errors, Two gentleman of Verona, Romeo & Juliet and many other masterpieces were written during this period.
He got popular very soon. Within 10 years of coming to London, he had become the most famous actor and writer of plays in English. His monetary troubles were gone.
But some personal sorrow seems to have struck him around this time as now he started writing tragedies. He wrote his greatest plays during this time – The Merchant of Venice, as you like it, Twelfth Night, Julius Ceaser, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello and King Lear.
He was at the prime of his literary carrier, but it seems that name, fame and money did not interest him any more. In 1597 he bought the finest house in Stratford and in 1611 he left London to settle there, permanently. He died on the anniversary of his birth 23 April 1616.