- Paperback: 278 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; New Ed edition (4 April 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 052129374X
- ISBN-13: 978-0521293747
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tempest (The New Cambridge Shakespeare) Paperback – 4 Apr 2002
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One of Shakespeare's most famous but also enigmatic plays, for many years the story of Prospero's exile from his native Milan, and life with his daughter Miranda on an unnamed island in the Mediterranean, was seen as an autobiographical dramatisation of Shakespeare's departure from the London stage. The Epilogue, spoken by Prospero, claims that "now my charms are all o'erthrown", appeared to reflect Shakespeare's own renunciation of his magical dramatic powers as he retired to Stratford. But The Tempest is far more than this, as recent commentators have pointed out. The dramatic action observes the classical unities of time, place and action, as Prospero uses his "rough magic" to lure his wicked usurping brother, Antonio, and King Alonso of Naples to his island retreat to torment them before engineering his return to Milan.
However, the play is full of extraordinary anomalies and fantastic interludes, including Gonzalo's fantasy of a utopian commonwealth, Prospero's magical servant Ariel, and the "poisonous slave" Caliban. The creation of Caliban has particularly fascinated critics, who have noticed in his creation a colonial dimension to the play. In this respect Caliban can be seen as an American Indian or African slave, who articulates a particularly powerful strain of anti-colonial sentiment, telling Prospero that "this island's mine, by Sycorax my mother,/ Which thou tak'st from me". This has led to an intense reassessment of the play from a post-colonial perspective, as critics and historians have debated the extent to which the play endorses or criticises early English colonial expansion. --Jerry Brotton
'If you are looking for a model edition - by which I mean one that is concerned to honour the text and to explain the processes involved in editing - this is it. If I were ever again to undertake the editing of a Shakespeare play, I would keep Lindley's edition of The Tempest open beside me.' Peter Thompson
'David Lindley's Tempest is the best edition on the market and the paperback is a snip.' Studies in Theatre and Performance
'Lindley aims both to represent and to explain the range of readings given the play in its theatrical and critical afterlives. His edition meets the high standards of the series in an exemplary manner, offering an especially fine introduction that focuses on the elusiveness of The Tempest, a feature that has made it central to late-twentieth-century criticism.' Barbara Hodgdon, Studies in English Literature
'David Lindley's edition of The Tempest is easily the most outstanding version of this ostensibly straightforward yet hugely teasing play produced over the last thirty years. Its precise and scrupulous commentary notes are careful to the variety of ways the text can be spoken on stage. Its notes on the music and songs are admirably evocative, and its economical account of the huge range of critical views will send thousands of readers out in fruitful chases after the play's own multitudinous interests.' Andrew Gurr, editor of New Variorum 'Tempest'
Top Customer Reviews
It is also extraordinary that the Acts and Scenes are not individually indexed in the table of contents. The whole play has but a single heading! To find your place you have to page through the whole text, or search for a key phrase. To have set this up properly would have meant but an hour or so of editing work. Not to have done so takes away one of the main benefits of an electronic version.
Similarly, the footnotes could surely have been better placed all together at the end with live links from the text. The way they are done at the moment is simply infuriating.
The impression I am getting is that Kindle editions are sometimes created carelessly by people who have no love of the text or concern about presentation. Or even, extraordinarily, awareness of the potential of the new medium.
Frankly, this was a complete waste of the admittedly modest amount of money it cost.
Some may find the translation too American here and there, but "The Tempest" is a wonderful work and anything that makes it more accessible to a wider public gets my vote.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked it but it did have a different cover which was disappointing and also some one else' notes in biro near the back so could have been better.Published 4 months ago by Heather Ives
Good condition, bought this for my English Literature class. Very inexpensive and does the job.Published 4 months ago by Airam
It's not for me to critique. It's Shakespear at his magical best. Love, treachery, magic,and all the usual devices. Read morePublished 6 months ago by garytcayton
I really enjoying reading Hamlet so decided to try the Tempest. But found it very hard going and difficult to follow.Published 6 months ago by Jon White