The Tempest (Bantam Classic)

The Tempest (Bantam Classic)

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Overview

The Tempest (Bantam Classic) by William Shakespeare

This joyous play, the last comedy of Shakespeare's career, sums up his stagecraft with a display of seemingly effortless skill. Prospero, exiled Duke of Milan, living on an enchanted island, has the opportunity to punish and forgive his enemies when he raises a tempest that drives them ashore—as well as to forestall a rebellion, to arrange the meeting of his daughter, Miranda, with an eminently suitable young prince, and, more important, to relinquish his magic powers in recognition of his advancing age. Richly filled with music and magic, romance and comedy, the play's theme of love and reconciliation offers a splendid feast for the senses and the heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553213072
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1988
Series: Bantam Classics Series
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,032,107
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King’s New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as “an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers.” Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (later under James I, called the King’s Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain’s Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

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The Tempest 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The reason I read this play was because of personal reasons. My ancestor Stephen Hopkins was aboard the Sea Venture in which influenced this play. Good read. Derek D
Guest More than 1 year ago
You need to take your time because if you rush into it you will not get the full effect as you will if you would take your time and understand. I think that you should read this and act out some of your favorite scenes!!! Just have FUN!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally feel that of all of Shakespeare's works, the language in The Tempest is one of the easiest to understand. That being said, the notes and meanings given on the left-hand pages helped immensely while reading. I will ALWAYS buy Barnes and Noble Shakespeare.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Guys? I'm gonna turn in for the night. My head is throbbing and my eyes are hurting really bad. I love you Mason. Everyone else goodnight" She falls on a pew falling asleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Good." She nods.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(( True feelings come out! DX ))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She vowed to kill anyone who tried to fo<_>rcema<_>te her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
O.o......this is a once in a lifetime offer, kit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bbt. Sis is an ass...
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Because I never received it. I am writing this review because I have had the most abysmal customer service from B&N. I contacted B&N after my package failed to arrive, though marked as delivered. They promptly responded via email and asked me to reply to the email indicating whether I wanted to cancel or have them ship out a new item, free of charge. I replied immediately to please ship a new item. I did not receive a confirmation or response. Days go by and I reply to the same thread, asking if they had an update; still no response. I continually monitor my online account for any changes. Finally, after a week, I call and ask about my order. The customer service representative said there was no record of my contact. I forwarded the entire email exchange to complain about the lack of response and never heard back. I submitted a separate email complaint to let them know that as a B&N member for the past six years, it was really disappointing that they couldn't even bother to acknowledge my dismal experience. Obviously, I have never heard back; however, I still get "reminder" emails that I have items in my cart. Meanwhile, I had the exact same problem with Amazon and they replaced my order AND upgraded me to overnight shipping AND gave me a five dollar credit for the hassle. I will not be shopping at Barnes and Noble anymore, which is truly a shame. I am so disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was hoping to use this to teach my sophomores, but the footnotes are just a black screen. Disappointed I bought the more expensive copy of the play now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She does as she is told, bubbling with excitment
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe he'll be the cranky old wizard :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are funny. One Direction is freaking horrid though. Lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should i read
BonnieMcCune More than 1 year ago
A classic. A number of contemporary plays, movies, and books re-use the plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not in english in chinese
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kay_elle_ More than 1 year ago
I'm reviewing the NookBook formatting, not the play. If you plan on purchasing this in eBook format for a class, I strongly suggest buying it in paperback. There are no line numbers! The footnotes refer to lines, but the lines themselves are numberless! I actually own this in paperback copy, but I left it at my parents' house and I needed it to write a paper. So, naturally I just decided to purchase it for my Nook instead of getting it mailed, however, the whole reason I needed it in the first place (to reference the lines) is nonexistant in the eBook format. Yes, it was only $5, but it almost seems pointless to read Shakespeare without the line numbers for reference.