The Tempest: Classicscript



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The Tempest: Classicscript by William Shakespeare

The Tempest presents some of Shakespeare's most insightful meditations on the cycle of life—ending and beginning, death and regeneration, bondage and freedom. This Norton Critical Edition is based on the First Folio text and is accompanied by explanatory annotations."Sources and Contexts" offers a rich collection of documents on the play's central themes—magic and witchcraft, politics and religion, geography and travel. Writers include Ovid, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Gabriel Naudé, Michel de Montaigne, and William Strachey. "Criticism" collects eighteen responses to The Tempest, from John Dryden and Samuel Taylor Coleridge to Stephen Orgel and Leah Marcus. "Rewritings and Appropriations" includes creative reactions to The Tempest, by playwrights, filmmakers, and poets, among them H.D., Peter Greenaway, and Ted Hughes. A Selected Bibliography is also included. About the series: No other series of classic texts equals the caliber of the Norton Critical Editions. Each volume combines the most authoritative text available with the comprehensive pedagogical apparatus necessary to appreciate the work fully. Careful editing, first-rate translation, and thorough explanatory annotations allow each text to meet the highest literary standards while remaining accessible to students. Each edition is printed on acid-free paper and every text in the series remains in print. Norton Critical Editions are the choice for excellence in scholarship for students at more than 2,000 universities worldwide.

Author Biography: Peter Hulme is Professor of Literature at the University of Essex. He is the author of Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Native Caribbean, 1492-1797 and Remnants of Conquest: The Caribs and Their Visitors, 1877-1998. He is co-editor, with William B. Sherman, of The Tempest and Its Travels and, with Tim Young, ofThe Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing. William H. Sherman is Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of John Dee: The Politics of Reading and Writing in the English Renaissance. He is Associate Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly and co-editor, with Peter Hulme, of The Tempest and Its Travels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887345333
Publisher: Players Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/1998
Series: Classicscript Series
Edition description: Abridged
Pages: 68
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 9 - 17 Years

About the Author

Widely esteemed as the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an actor and theatrical producer in addition to writing plays and sonnets. Dubbed "The Bard of Avon," Shakespeare oversaw the building of the Globe Theatre in London, where a number of his plays were staged, the best-known of which include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth. The First Folio, a printed book of 36 of his comedies, tragedies, and history plays, was published in 1623.

Date of Death:


Place of Birth:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Place of Death:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Table of Contents

William Shakespeare, 1564-16166
Shakespeare's Theater8
The Sound of Shakespeare10
Publishing Shakespeare12
The Tempest15
Introduction to the Play15
The Tempest's Sources17
The Text of The Tempest18
The Play19
The Characters21
Act I22
Pre-Act Notes22
Text of Act I and Modern Version24
Post-Act Activities72
Act II74
Pre-Act Notes74
Text of Act II and Modern Version76
Post-Act Activities118
Act III120
Pre-Act Notes120
Text of Act III and Modern Version122
Post-Act Activities152
Act IV154
Pre-Act Notes154
Text of Act IV and Modern Version156
Post-Act Activities178
Act V180
Pre-Act Notes180
Text of Act V and Modern Version182
Post-Act Activities208
Additional Resources211

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