The Tempest : Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1 March 2016
'We are such stuff, As dreams are made on, and our little life, Is rounded with a sleep'
A storm rages. Prospero and his daughter watch from their desert island as a ship carrying the royal family is wrecked. Miraculously, all on board survive. Plotting, mistaken identities, bewitching love and enchantment follow as the travellers explore this mysterious place of spirits and monsters, and discover that all is not as it seems. Shakespeare's late, great play is a work filled with marvels, music and strangeness, fully exploiting the power of language and the magic of theatre.
'Shakespeare, coming upon me unawares, struck me like a thunderbolt.' Hector Berlioz
General Editor Stanley Wells
Edited with an Introduction by Martin Butler
About the Authors
William Shakespeare was born in late April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon and died in 1616. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor of the University of Birmingham and Honorary President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Martin Butler is Professor of English Renaissance Drama at the University of Leeds.