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This clear and succinct book is designed for general readers who want to know how to go about reading Shakespeare s works for pleasure. Encourages readers to approach Shakespeare′s works aggressively, interactively, and questioningly Focuses on six popular Shakespeare plays - A Midsummer Night s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Henry IV Part I, Hamlet, King Lear and The Tempest Recommends the best editions, recordings and DVDs / videos of these plays Discusses the production of the plays on stage and screen Introduces readers to different genres in Shakespeare romantic comedy, English history, tragedy and romance Avoids jargon and abstract literary theory