A Midsummer Night's Dream is the most original and varied of Shakespeare's early comedies. In structure it is rather like a layered cake, each layer seemingly separate, but all contributing to the overall flavour.

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  1. Summary: facts about A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Written:1594-96
    First published:
    1600
    A popular play: four quartos published before the Folio in 1623.
    First mention: by Francis Meres in 1598

    Source: No known source. The story of Pyramus and Thisbe is from Ovid'sMetamorphoses.