Complex, personal and unsurpassably lyrical: rediscover one of Shakespeare's most finely nuanced plays.
In the First Folio of Shakespeare, The Tempest was placed first – n unmistakable sign of the importance attached to it by its editors. For generations of Shakespeare scholars this play was the epitome of Shakespeare's work. The Tempest is concerned with tragic as well as comic themes, making it a play that defies easy categorisation. This lends it a fascination which has compelled the attention of critics and audiences alike ever since it was first performed.
Published by Oxford University Press and bound in hardback buckram by The Folio Society, The Oxford Shakespeare series offers authoritative editions of Shakespeare’s plays. The early printings have been scrupulously re-examined and interpreted by eminent scholars, who also provide introductory essays covering all relevant background information, together with an appraisal of critical views and of the plays in performance. The exhaustive commentaries pay particular attention to language and staging. Reprints of sources, music for songs, genealogical tables and maps are included where necessary; many of the volumes are illustrated, and all contain an index.
Each book has an individual editor, with the whole series overseen by Stanley Wells.
Stephen Orgel is Professor of English at Stanford University. He has published widely on the political and historical aspects of Renaissance literature, theatre, art history and the history of the book. He has several fellowships, including a Guggenheim.
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