The Oxford Shakespeare: The Tempest


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Author: Shakespeare, William

Edition: Reprint


  • Oxford University Press USA

Number Of Pages: 258

EAN: 9780199535903

Release Date: 17-05-2008

Languages: English

Item Condition: UsedGood

Binding: Paperback

Details: Product Description 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. Review 'a fascinating, challenging and highly original volume' Cahiers Elisabethians '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 About the Author Stephen Orgel is Professor of English, Stanford University.

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