The Tempest

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  • Publisher: ARDEN SHAKESPEARE
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 26mm | 500g
  • Publication date: 6 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1408133474
  • ISBN 13: 9781408133477
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 20 in text black & white
  • Sales rank: 42,624

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The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, both in the classroom and in the theatre, and this revision brings the Arden 3 edition right up-to-date. A completely new section of the introduction discusses new thinking about Shakespeare's sources for the play and examines his treatment of colonial themes, as well as covering key productions since this edition was first published in 1999. Most importantly it looks at Julie Taymor's ground-breaking 2010 film starring Helen Mirren as "Prospera." Alden and Virginia Vaughan's edition of The Tempest is much valued for its authority and originality and their revision brings it up-to-date, making it even more relevant and useful to students and theatre practitioners.

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English dramatist, poet, and actor, generally regarded as the greatest playwright of all time.

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'The Tempest is a play that insists on both a dreaminess and its metaphysical significance.' Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard 15.6.10 'It's often said The Tempest is better read than performed.' Christopher Hart, Sunday Times, 4.7.10 'Because the Vaughans are steeped in The Tempest, having both produced separate volumes about the play, their attempts to cram in as much detail as possible into the introduction makes for a very dense read. But refreshingly their work lacks an agenda; probably because they've worked through their own opinions elsewhere they're more relaxed about simply presenting the arguments of others and letting the reader decide as to their merits, pleasingly giving due prominence to contemporary thinkers like Bate, Wells and Kermode.' Stuart Ian Burns, The Hamlet Weblog, 30.8.11 The Vaughans devote twenty-two new pages to an account of the latest scholarship, including new new suggestions for sources and comparisons for the play... The new pages are a sound and worthwhile addition to an edition that was good already. -- Raphael Lyne Times Literary Supplement