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The Tempest: The Oxford Shakespeare The Tempest (Oxford World's Classics)

The Tempest: The Oxford Shakespeare The Tempest (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: William Shakespeare
ISBN 13: 9780199535903
ISBN 10: 199535906
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2008-06-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $10.95

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.

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