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on 18 February 2016
I purchased this purely as a pleasure read but it would also be perfect for someone to use a part of a school or university course. It has a very comprehensive introduction but I found the accompanying notes explaining the text very brief in some cases. Having said that this is a very 'readable' Shakespeare play and does not, in my opinion, require flicking back and forwards very much as the text and plot are easily understood. If someone wants to expand their knowledge of Shakespeare this is a very good play to start with and great value. Highly recommended.
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on 4 August 2013
This has been an excellent, accessible version of the play for both myself and to use with pupils. The glossary is non-intrusive as it's located on the left hand side, in line with the word being translated, so their is minimal "Miss what does ____ mean?" Lovely abridged scene summaries are also included at the start of each new scene, which is very useful for those pupils who get a little overwhelmed by Shakespeare's language or those who are prone to giving up before even starting. A worthwhile investment, I cannot rate Oxford School editions highly enough.
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on 8 December 2014
This is a very good edition for advanced undergraduates or postgraduates wanted a full response to the play. Alongside the play-text is a section on sources and contexts (magic, travel narratives), selected criticism from Dryden's 1679 essay to modern scholarship from the 1990s.

Especially useful are the rewritings and appropriations of the play, giving a broad sense of creative responses from Fletcher & Massinger to Ted Hughes. It's odd that Plath's 'Ariel' doesn't get a mention, especially as Hughes is writing as much back to that as he is to Shakespeare.

A very good study edition - and a bargain at this price.
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on 15 January 2016
I do not think that you can beat these editions of the plays because the text is clearly set out, in quite large print, and brief notes and explanations typed on the same page as the text, so that it saves the hassle of turning to the back pages when required. The introductions about setting, plot, and character are so useful for exam work. I now have about six of these plays in the same series, and I cannot fault them. The newer editions also give ideas for pupils' assignments for better understanding.
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on 9 March 2014
I bought this edition of the Tempest for my English GCSEs, and so far I have found it very helpful to my studies. The edition contains the complete text of the play and thorough notes on the language alongside the text- an absolute must if you want to have a good understanding of the play as a young student. You can refer to the list of main characters to erase any confusion,and there are thorough introductions to each scene at the beginning, perfect for gaining an overview of every part of the play. If you're studying The Tempest, this edition is great for you as the notes and summary will be of enormous help to gaining a deep and comprehensive understanding of the play.
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on 7 January 2017
The No Fear series is invaluable to my teaching and brings Shakespeare alive for my students. After reading a very simple version of the plays we move to No Fear text and tackle Shakespeare head on! If you have always dreaded reading Shakespeare then check these out and dive into the Bards best loved tales. As for The Tempest, my most favourite tale of all by William!
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on 16 February 2016
The Introduction of this Arden ''The Tempest'' book is phenomenal and has some outstanding critic views on ''The Tempest''; the Introduction is around one hundred pages long so there are a lot of things to read.
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on 20 November 2013
This is a brilliant edition of The Tempest, including the history of the play and its adaptations, complete with pictures. The actual script itself is superb - the play itself runs along one side of the page with various notes explaining the meanings of words and speeches, the way it should be delivered and on occasion the way the audience would have reacted. A brilliant version, essential for understanding The Tempest.
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on 30 July 2013
Having studied The Tempest many years ago at A Level, all I can say is that I wish this book had existed then. The "translation" is printed directly opposite the original text and makes straight reading of the play very easy indeed - no more turning to the back of the book for notes, or constantly referring to footnotes. Of course, if you're studying the play in depth you'll need much more guidance on Shakespeare's subtleties, double meanings, use of prose v poetry etc. etc. However, you'll still get enjoyment and understanding from this book, giving you a solid platform on which to build. Use it alongside (say) the RSC's excellent complete works and you'll soon find yourself appreciating and understanding the Bard's language like never before.

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.
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on 21 April 2017
Not a favourite but enjoyed it. Read before I saw it which I usually do but watching is far better and gives more substance to the text.
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