Synopses & Reviews
"I feel that I have spent half my career with one or another Pelican Shakespeare in my back pocket. Convenience, however, is the least important aspect of the new Pelican Shakespeare series. Here is an elegant and clear text for either the study or the rehearsal room, notes where you need them and the distinguished scholarship of the general editors, Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller who understand that these are plays for performance as well as great texts for contemplation." (Patrick Stewart)
The distinguished Pelican Shakespeare series, which has sold more than four million copies, is now completely revised and repackaged.
Each volume features:
* Authoritative, reliable texts
* High quality introductions and notes
* New, more readable trade trim size
* An essay on the theatrical world of Shakespeare and essays on Shakespeare's life and the selection of texts
Newly revised, this edition of "The Tempest" features a new Overview by Sylvan Barnett, former chairman of the English Department of Tufts University, an updated bibliography, suggested references, and stage and film history.
Prospero, sorcerer and rightful Duke of Milan, along with his daughter Miranda, has lived on an island for many years since his position was usurped by his brother Antonio. Then, as Antonio's ship passes near the island one day, Prospero conjures up a terrible storm...This play, combining elements of both tragedy and comedy, is believed by some to be the last Shakespeare wrote on his own, as well as one of his most fascinating works. The Signet edition also features an overview of Shakespeare's life and times, commentary by William Strachey, Montaigne, and others, and a stage and screen history, among other special content.
Table of Contents
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: From
The Lectures of 1811- 1812, Lecture IX
E. M. W. Tillyard: The Tragic Pattern: ?The Tempest?
Bernard Knox: ?The Tempest? and the Ancient Comic Tradition
Lorie Jerrell Leininger: The Miranda Trap: Sexism and Racism in Shakespeare?s ?Tempest?
Sylvan Barnet: ?The Tempest? on the Stage
NEWLY ADDED ESSAY:
Stephen Greenblatt: The Use of Salutary Anxiety in ?The Tempest?