The Tempest

The Tempest

Book - 2004
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Putting romance onstage, The Tempest gives us a magician, Prospero, a former duke of Milan who was displaced by his treacherous brother, Antonio. Prospero is exiled on an island, where his only companions are his daughter, Miranda, the spirit Ariel, and the monster Caliban. When his enemies are among those caught in a storm near the island, Prospero turns his power upon them through Ariel and other spirits.

The characters exceed the roles of villains and heroes. Prospero seems heroic, yet he enslaves Caliban and has an appetite for revenge. Caliban seems to be a monster for attacking Miranda, but appears heroic in resisting Prospero, evoking the period of colonialism during which the play was written. Miranda's engagement to Ferdinand, the Prince of Naples and a member of the shipwrecked party, helps resolve the drama.

The authoritative edition of The Tempest from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes:

-Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

-Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

-Scene-by-scene plot summaries

-A key to the play's famous lines and phrases

-An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language

-An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

-Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books

-An annotated guide to further reading

Essay by Barbara A. Mowat

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Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 2004, c1994.
Edition: Washington Square Press New Folger ed.
ISBN: 9780743482837
Characteristics: li, 218 p. :,ill. ;,18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mowat, Barbara A.
Werstine, Paul


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Jun 15, 2016

Outstanding example of William Shakespeare"s brilliance!

May 23, 2014

It was hilarious but just okay.

Nov 22, 2013

This was rather mild for a Shakespeare play. While I can't aver that I understood every pun and allusion in the play I did enjoy it. It's amazing how a play existing almost on dialogue alone can convey such vivid images.

AlexRider12199 Aug 02, 2013

it is a good book

dpecsreads Jul 28, 2013

A fun Shakespearean comedy full of mysticism and magic! Act V is a bit rushed but otherwise it's a fun read. Read in preparation for New York Classical Theater's production of "The Tempest" (and the John Cassavetes film "Tempest," which I saw at BAM).

Jun 19, 2013

Read the book before seeing the movie.

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Jun 19, 2013

There is a dude & his kid sent to live on an island & he seeks vengeance for his rightful spot in the family royalty line.


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Jun 19, 2013

" Do so. To ebb hereditary sloth instructs me "


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