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The Tempest (Arden Shakespeare) [Paperback]

William Shakespeare , Alden T. Vaughan , Virginia Mason Vaughan
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15 Aug 2011 Arden Shakespeare
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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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Arden Shakespeare; Revised edition edition (15 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408133474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408133477
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire and was baptised on 26 April 1564. Thought to have been educated at the local grammar school, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he went on to have three children, at the age of eighteen, before moving to London to work in the theatre. Two erotic poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece were published in 1593 and 1594 and records of his plays begin to appear in 1594 for Richard III and the three parts of Henry VI. Shakespeare's tragic period lasted from around 1600 to 1608, during which period he wrote plays including Hamlet and Othello. The first editions of the sonnets were published in 1609 but evidence suggests that Shakespeare had been writing them for years for a private readership.

Shakespeare spent the last five years of his life in Stratford, by now a wealthy man. He died on 23 April 1616 and was buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. The first collected edition of his works was published in 1623.

(The portrait details: The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. NPG1, © National Portrait Gallery, London)

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'The Tempest is a play that insists on both a dreaminess and its metaphysical significance.' --Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

'It's often said The Tempest is better read than performed.' --Christopher Hart, Sunday Times

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

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Arden Shakespeares are excellent 28 Sep 2011
By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The Arden Shakespeare is an ideal script, guide and notes for students, young and old, although I would not recommend it to any studying lower than Advanced Level; the Oxford and Cambridge guides and notes are sufficient for GCSE and they have photographs of characters and performances to illustrate.

The Ardens have lengthy sections on backgrounds to the plays and copious annotations and notes on the script itself; on some pages, contingent on the complexity of the text concerned, the notes take up more of the page than the script itself (one reason for not recommending it below Advanced Level). It has a vast source of detail, history and information on the play. They are also very well produced, sewn sections glued in, making them strong and long lasting.

Highly recommended for Advanced Level students or above.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 23 July 2013
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Again this was for my son's A Level exam in English and again he thoroughly enjoyed reading and reviewing the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 13 Nov 2013
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this is good value book, and arrived at good time, good quality paper and cover. over all happy with this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent! 14 Oct 2013
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I bought this for my granddaughter who is studying the Tempest for her English A level and it was just what she needed. Delivery was very prompt and packaging very suitable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the finest but intriguing 6 Nov 2012
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May be not the finest play what shakespeare wrote - way too much exposition and too neat a story for that - but the analysis is sound and well put together and as always with Arden, this is the perfect edition if studying the play.
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