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Performed variously as escapist fantasy, celebratory fiction, and political allegory, The Tempest is one of the plays in which Shakespeare's genius as a poetic dramatist found its fullest expression. Significantly, it was placed first when published in the First Folio of 1623, and is now generally seen as the playwright's most penetrating statement about his art. Stephen Orgel's wide-ranging introduction examines changing attitudes to The Tempest, and reassesses the evidence behind the various readings. He focuses on key characters and their roles and relationships, as well as on the dramatic, historical, and political context, finding the play to be both more open and more historically determined than traditional views have allowed.
'a fascinating, challenging and highly original volume'
'Stephen Orgel is an inspired choice as editor of this play ... he produces a clean, modestly innovative text with brisk, informative annotation ... wide ranging, speculative introduction'
Martin Butler, University of Leeds, Notes and Queries
List of Illustrations
Beginnings and Issues
Readings and Interpretations
Wives and Mothers
Suitors and Rapists
The Renaissance Political Context
Utopia and the New World
Epic and History
Italy and Carthage
Jacobean Court Spectacles
The Masque as Image and Symbol
Renunciation and Resolution
Text and Date
The Play on the Stage
Abbreviations and References
The Seamanship of Act I , Scene I
The Strachey Letter
'Of the Cannibals'
From 'Of Cruelty'
From Ovid, Metamorphoses, vii
From The Fifteen Books of P. Ovidius Naso, Entitled Metamorphosis, translated ... by Arthur Golding (1567)
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ISBN: 9780199535903 ISBN-10: 0199535906 Series: World's Classics Audience:
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old For Grades: 3 - 7 Format:
Number Of Pages: 256 Published: 1st April 2008 Publisher: Oxford University Press Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 12.7
Weight (kg): 0.27