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The Tempest By William Shakespeare

The Tempest
by William Shakespeare

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The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's most suggestive, yet most elusive plays. It is a magical romance, yet deeply embedded in seventeenth-century debates about authority and power. This edition explores both the original contexts of the play's writing and performance and the subsequent history of its very varied reception.
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The Tempest by William Shakespeare

The Tempest is one of the most suggestive, yet most elusive of all Shakespeare's plays, and has provoked a wide range of critical interpretation. It is a magical romance, yet deeply and problematically embedded in seventeenth-century debates about authority and power. David Lindley's Introduction and commentary focus upon contemporary texts, attending to the implications of Prospero's magic, his political and paternal ambitions, and the controversial issue of his 'colonialist' control of Caliban. The Tempest was also Shakespeare's response to the new opportunities offered by the Blackfriars theatre, and careful attention is given to the play's dramatic form, stage-craft, and use of music and spectacle, to demonstrate its uniquely experimental nature.

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The Tempest Reviews


'If you are looking for a model edition - by which I mean one that is concerned to honour the text and to explain the processes involved in editing - this is it. If I were ever again to undertake the editing of a Shakespeare play, I would keep Lindley's edition of The Tempest open beside me.' Peter Thompson
'David Lindley's Tempest is the best edition on the market and the paperback is a snip.' Studies in Theatre and Performance
'Lindley aims both to represent and to explain the range of readings given the play in its theatrical and critical afterlives. His edition meets the high standards of the series in an exemplary manner, offering an especially fine introduction that focuses on the elusiveness of The Tempest, a feature that has made it central to late-twentieth-century criticism.' Barbara Hodgdon, Studies in English Literature
'David Lindley's edition of The Tempest is easily the most outstanding version of this ostensibly straightforward yet hugely teasing play produced over the last thirty years. Its precise and scrupulous commentary notes are careful to the variety of ways the text can be spoken on stage. Its notes on the music and songs are admirably evocative, and its economical account of the huge range of critical views will send thousands of readers out in fruitful chases after the play's own multitudinous interests.' Andrew Gurr, editor of New Variorum 'Tempest'
"David Lindley's Tempest is the best edition on the market. [...] If I were ever again to undertake the editing of a Shakespeare play, I would keep Lindley's edition of The Tempest open beside me." -Studies in Theatre and Performance (UK)
"[Lindley's] edition meets the high standards of the series in an exemplary manner, offering an especially fine introduction." -Studies in English Literature
"David Lindley's edition of The Tempest is easily the most outstanding version of this ostensibly straightforward yet hugely teasing play produced over the last thirty years. Its precise and scrupulous commentary notes are careful to the variety of ways the text can be spoken on stage. Its notes on the music and songs are admirably evocative, and its economical account of the huge range of critical views will send thousands of readers out in fruitful chases after the play's own multitudinous interests. - Andrew Gurr, editor of the forthcoming New Variorum Tempest

About William Shakespeare


David Lindley is Professor of Renaissance Literature at the School of English, University of Leeds. His published work includes The Trials of Frances Howard and a book on on the poet-composer Thomas Campion, as well as essays on court masques and articles on the relationships between music and literature. He also contributed to the Cambridge Companion to Ben Jonson (2000).

Table of Contents


List of abbreviations and conventions; Introduction; Note on the text; List of characters; The play; Textual analysis; Appendix 1: The songs; Appendix 2: Parallel passages in Virgil and Ovid; Appendix 3: 'And other': the casting of The Tempest; Select reading list.

Additional information

GOR010302872
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
The New Cambridge Shakespeare
Used - Good
Hardback
Cambridge University Press
2002-04-01
278
0521221595
9780521221597
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Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.