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The tempest : a guide to the play

Author: Herbert R Coursen
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000.
Series: Greenwood guides to Shakespeare.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Tempest was first published in 1623 and is probably the last play Shakespeare wrote by himself. The product of his artistic maturity, it has inspired a variety of modern adaptations and remains one of his most popular plays. While its plot is fairly straightforward, The Tempest addresses numerous issues and topics current in the 17th century, such as magic and colonialism. Scholars, in turn, have responded by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Tragicomedies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Coursen, Herbert R.
Tempest.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000
(OCoLC)604980724
Online version:
Coursen, Herbert R.
Tempest.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2000
(OCoLC)606297111
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herbert R Coursen
ISBN: 0313311919 9780313311918
OCLC Number: 42772820
Description: 240 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Textual history --
Contexts and sources --
Dramatic structure --
Themes --
Critical approaches --
The play in performance.
Series Title: Greenwood guides to Shakespeare.
Responsibility: H.R. Coursen.

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This volume begins with a brief consideration of "The Tempest"'s textual history, followed by an evaluation of the merits of various modern editions. It then looks at Shakespeare's sources and  Read more...

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"Coursen provides an elegant reading of the play's textual history, sources, structure and themes, criticism, and performance history."-Studies in English Literature ?Coursen provides an elegant Read more...

 
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