The Tempest (Sourcebooks Shakespeare Series)

The Tempest (Sourcebooks Shakespeare Series)

by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare


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More than 60 minutes of audio on the CD including over 20 classic scenes and excerpts from famous performances past and present
The Sourcebooks Shakespeare brings THE TEMPEST to life in a revolutionary new book and audio CD format
In the Book:
Photographs from notable productions including:

  • Vanessa Redgrave as Prospero from the 2000 production at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London
  • Ian McKellen as Prospero and Claudie Blakely as Miranda from the 1999 West Yorkshire Playhouse production
  • Patrick Stewart as Prospero from the 1995 Joseph Papp Public Theater production (New York City)

Hear 23 great scenes on audio CD:
Memorable performances by Ian McKellen (Naxos Audiobooks, 2004), William Hutt (The CBC Stratford Festival Reading Series, 1998), Donald Wolfit (Living Shakespeare, 1962), Adrian Lester, Jennifer Ehle, and Simon Russell Beale (The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare, 2003)
Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402208331
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Series: Sourcebooks Shakespeare Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert Ormsby received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2005. Besides essays on Canadian performances of classical drama (Toronto Slavic Quarterly, May, 2003; Shakespeare Bulletin, Summer 2004), his publications include Descriptive Entries of Folger Library collection prompt-books for Coriolanus productions by John Philip Kemble, Samuel Phelps and Henry Irving (The Shakespeare Collection) and a review of Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance by W.B. Worthen. (Renaissance Quarterly, Summer 2004).

David Bevington is the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in Humanities at the University of Chicago. A renowned text scholar, he has edited several Shakespeare editions including the Bantam Shakespeare in individual paperback volumes, The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Longman, 2003) and Troilus and Cressida (Arden, 1998). He teaches courses in Shakespeare, Renaissance Drama and Medieval Drama.

Peter Holland is the McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Notre Dame. One of the central figures in performance-oriented Shakespeare criticism, he has also edited many Shakespeare plays, including A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Oxford Shakespeare series.

Date of Death:


Place of Birth:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Place of Death:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Table of Contents

About Sourcebooks MediaFusion
About the Text
On the CD
Featured Audio Productions
Note from the Series Editors
In Production: Rough Magic: The Tempest of Theater History
by Richard Preiss
As Performed: By Shakespeare Behind Bars at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Kentucky, 2003
by Curt L. Tofteland
"A Sea Change / Into Something Rich and Strange": The Tempest in Popular Culture
by Douglas Lanier

by William Shakespeare

A Voice Coach's Perspective on Speaking Shakespeare: Keeping Shakespeare Practical
by Andrew Wade
In the Age of Shakespeare
by Thomas Garvey
About the Online Teaching Resources
Audio Credits
Photo Credits
About the Contributors

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The Tempest 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The reason I read this play was because of personal reasons. My ancestor Stephen Hopkins was aboard the Sea Venture in which influenced this play. Good read. Derek D
Guest More than 1 year ago
You need to take your time because if you rush into it you will not get the full effect as you will if you would take your time and understand. I think that you should read this and act out some of your favorite scenes!!! Just have FUN!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally feel that of all of Shakespeare's works, the language in The Tempest is one of the easiest to understand. That being said, the notes and meanings given on the left-hand pages helped immensely while reading. I will ALWAYS buy Barnes and Noble Shakespeare.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would give this no stars. It isn’t even a book. It is a poorly put together xerox of open source material. The typeface might be two point type. It is unreadable. Barnes and Noble should be ashamed that their name is associated with this product.
LaPhenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was rather mild for a Shakespeare play. While I can't aver that I understood every pun and allusion in the play I did enjoy it. It's amazing how a play existing almost on dialogue alone can convey such vivid images.
fleurdiabolique on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely my favorite of Shakespeare's plays. His vision and poetic skill have come to full maturity in this fantasy of loss and redemption.
collingsruth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
None of the characters sucked me in, but the themes it explores are fascinating within the historical and biographical background.
m_dow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of a prince who is shipwrecked in a strange land on his journey home is a frequent theme of Classical literature. These strange lands are almost certainly snares, attempts to prevent the hero from fulfilling his destiny and arriving at his homeland, and the usual method of entrapment is seduction.Odysseus on Calypso's island, Aeneas in Carthage, and Jason and Medea as told in the Metamorphoses. In The Tempest, Ferdinand finds himself in just such a situation. Washed up on a strange shore, Ferdinand meets the strange and entrancing woman who bewitches him and inspires him to remain in captivity instead of heading home to rule his city. He believes that he is the king (1.2.435 "Myself am Naples"), but will remain on the island for Miranda's sake. What makes The Tempest different from the other stories is the presence of Prospero, the one who is actually orchestrating the lovers' encounter.Prospero was a philosopher-king defeated by a MachiavelProspero was a stranger ot his state, "being transported / and rapt in secret studies." Antonio is described as having set "All hearts i' the' state / to what tune pleased his ear, . . " (1.2.79-116), who realized that he had to learn Machiavellianism if he was to maintain his throne. He speaks in Machiavellian terms of Fortune bringing him the opportunity which he must not neglect (1.2.178-184). He manipulates the situation to his best possible advantage; intersetingly, he does this through Baconian methods. His whole life has been about studying ways to manipulate nature, achieving power over nature. This is what enables him in the end to achieve power over the shipwrecked men -- for the power of man over Nature really means the power of some men over other men with Nature as the instrument.Prospero takes a fundamentally adversarial stance to Nature as portrayed by both of the original inhabitants of the island, Caliban and Ariel. He originally tried being nice to Caliban (1.2.344-348), but learned to his chagrin that this part of nature is tricksy and unyielding. He also freed Ariel from the pine tree, but only because Ariel is useful to him; he dominates Ariel, praising and scorning him by turns even as a large part of his power depends on the sprite. He cannot afford to alienate Ariel as he has alienated Caliban, but he still dominates. Prospero believes that he is manipulating everything for the greater good, but he is still manipulating it all, and this will eventually lead to what we know as the Brave New World (5.1.182-185).It is possible to argue that Prospero's endeavor is not Baconian, since he rarely directly manipulates nature but instead relies on a cooperative spirit. Lewis described the eschatology of our power over Nature in Miracles, this way: "In the walking on the Water we see the relations of spirit and Nature so altered that Nature can be made to do whatever spirit pleases. This new obedience of Nature is, of course, not to be separated even in thought from spirit's own obedience to the Father of Spirits. Apart from that proviso such obedience by Nature, if it were possible, would result in chaos: the evil dream of Magic arises from finite spirit's longing to get that power without paying that price. The evil reality of lawless applied science (which is Magic's son and heir) is actually reducing large tracts of Nature to disorder and sterility at this very moment." But when Prospero hears of Gonzalo's tears, his reason defeats his baser desires for vengeance and he realizes that all his manipulation is of the same school as Medea's.(5.1.15-20) It's not noble, it's selfish witchcraft, and he renounces it by quoting Medea's own description of her powers.
maquisleader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not as good a read as it was to watch the play. Funny, but the damn footnotes got in the way.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite of Shakespeare's plays, in terms of the richness of the story and the language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Guys? I'm gonna turn in for the night. My head is throbbing and my eyes are hurting really bad. I love you Mason. Everyone else goodnight" She falls on a pew falling asleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Good." She nods.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(( True feelings come out! DX ))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She vowed to kill anyone who tried to fo<_>rcema<_>te her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
O.o......this is a once in a lifetime offer, kit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bbt. Sis is an ass...
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Because I never received it. I am writing this review because I have had the most abysmal customer service from B&N. I contacted B&N after my package failed to arrive, though marked as delivered. They promptly responded via email and asked me to reply to the email indicating whether I wanted to cancel or have them ship out a new item, free of charge. I replied immediately to please ship a new item. I did not receive a confirmation or response. Days go by and I reply to the same thread, asking if they had an update; still no response. I continually monitor my online account for any changes. Finally, after a week, I call and ask about my order. The customer service representative said there was no record of my contact. I forwarded the entire email exchange to complain about the lack of response and never heard back. I submitted a separate email complaint to let them know that as a B&N member for the past six years, it was really disappointing that they couldn't even bother to acknowledge my dismal experience. Obviously, I have never heard back; however, I still get "reminder" emails that I have items in my cart. Meanwhile, I had the exact same problem with Amazon and they replaced my order AND upgraded me to overnight shipping AND gave me a five dollar credit for the hassle. I will not be shopping at Barnes and Noble anymore, which is truly a shame. I am so disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was hoping to use this to teach my sophomores, but the footnotes are just a black screen. Disappointed I bought the more expensive copy of the play now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She does as she is told, bubbling with excitment
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe he'll be the cranky old wizard :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are funny. One Direction is freaking horrid though. Lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should i read
BonnieMcCune More than 1 year ago
A classic. A number of contemporary plays, movies, and books re-use the plot.