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The Tempest

2nd Edition

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Part of The New Cambridge Shakespeare

  • Date Published: May 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107021525

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  • The New Cambridge Shakespeare appeals to students worldwide for its up-to-date scholarship and emphasis on performance. The series features line-by-line commentaries and textual notes on the plays and poems. Introductions are regularly refreshed with accounts of new critical, stage and screen interpretations. For this second edition of The Tempest, David Lindley has thoroughly revised the Introduction to take account of the latest developments in criticism and performance. He has also added a completely new section on casting in recent productions of the play. The complex questions this new section raises about colonisation, racial and gender stereotypes and the nature of theatrical experience are explored throughout the introduction. Careful attention is paid to dramatic form, stagecraft, and the use of music and spectacle in The Tempest, a play that is widely regarded as one of Shakespeare's most elusive and suggestive. A revised and updated reading list completes the edition.

    • Updated to reflect the latest criticism of the play and offers a comprehensive performance history including recent productions
    • Contains a thoroughly revised introduction with four new illustrations and an additional section on casting
    • Provides an acute commentary and gives awareness of musical elements of the play, especially its masque elements
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the first edition: '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

    Review of the first edition: 'David Lindley's [The] Tempest is the best edition on the market and the paperback is a snip.' Studies in Theatre and Performance

    Review of the first edition: '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

    Review of the first edition: '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, New Variorum 'Tempest'

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: May 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107021525
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 155 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations and conventions
    Preface to the second edition
    Introduction
    Note on the text
    List of characters
    The play
    Textual analysis
    Appendix 1. The songs
    Appendix 2. Parallel passages from Virgil and Ovid
    Appendix 3. And others: casting the play
    Reading list.

  • Author

    William Shakespeare

    Editor

    David Lindley, University of Leeds

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