Title The Tempest (Norton Critical Edition), 2/e
Author William Shakespeare , Peter Hulme, William H. Sherman
ISBN 9780393265422
List price USD 15.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 375
Book size 127 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
About the book


“Presenting an utterly reliable text, together with a rich collection of social, historical, and performance-based materials, this edition illuminates our understanding of the play as it has been interpreted traditionally, while simultaneously pointing the way to innovative, revisionist readings for the future.”

S. P. Cerasano, Colgate University


“The Norton Critical Tempest is a truly wonderful resource: it illuminates Shakespeare’s most open-ended play with a wealth of richly suggestive contextual materials—on magic, on human perfectibility, on travel and alien worlds, on colonial domination, on religion and politics. Providing a well-selected sampling of interpretive criticism and artistic rewritings, the edition will inspire students to become researchers and re-creators themselves as they bring these texts into conversation with Shakespeare’s magical and enigmatic creation.”

Lynne Magnusson, University of Toronto


This Norton Critical Edition includes:

  • The First Folio (1623) text, accompanied by the editors’ preface and detailed explanatory annotations.
  • A rich collection of source materials by Ovid, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, King James I, Michel de Montaigne, and others centered on the play’s major themes of magic, witchcraft, politics, religion, geography, and travel.
  • Seventeen wide-ranging scholarly essays, seven of them new to the Second Edition.
  • Nineteen rescriptings that speak to The Tempest’s enduring inspiration and provocation for writers from Thomas Heywood and Percy Bysshe Shelley to Aimé Césaire and Ted Hughes.
  • A Selected Bibliography.


About the Series

Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.



The Text of The Tempest
The Tempest
A Note on the Text
Textual Notes

Sources and Contexts
Ovid • [Medea]
Giovanni Pico della Mirandola • From Speech on the Dignity of Man
Anonymous • [Friar Bacon’s Magical Exploits]
William Biddulph • [An English Conjuror on the High Seas]
Reginald Scott • [How to Enclose a Spirit]
King James • From Daemonologie

Isaiah XXIX
Samuel Purchas • Virginia’s Verger
Gabriel Naudé • [Master Strokes of State]

Anonymous • From Primaleon of Greece • Gaspar Gil Polo • [A Mediterranean Storm]
Walter Ralegh • A Map of Tunis and Carthage
Richard Eden • [A Voyage to the Patagonians]
Capt. Wyatt • [An Atlantic Storm]
Michel de Montaigne • [The Cannibals of Brazil]
William Strachey • [Storms and Strife in Bermuda]
Sir Henry Mainwaring • From The Seaman’s Dictionary

John Dryden • [The Character of Caliban]
Nicholas Rowe • [The Magic of The Tempest]
Samuel Taylor Coleridge • From Notes on The Tempest
Ludwig Tieck • From Shakespeare’s Treatment of the Marvellous
Fanny Kemble • From Some Notes on The Tempest
Henry James • [Surrendering to The Tempest]
Lytton Strachey • From Shakespeare’s Final Period
G. Wilson Knight • [Prospero’s Lonely Magic] • A Chart of Shakespeare’s Dramatic Universe
Octave Mannoni • [Prospero and Caliban]
George Lamming • A Monster, a Child, a Slave
Stephen Orgel • Prospero’s Wife
Coppélia Kahn • Caliban at the Stadium: Shakespeare and the Making of Americans
Julia Reinhard Lupton • Creature Caliban
John Gillies • The Figure of the New World in The Tempest
Michael Neill • “Noises, / Sounds, and sweet airs”: The Burden of Shakespeare’s Tempest
William H. Sherman • Shakespearean Somniloquy: Sleep and Transformation in The Tempest
Peter Hulme and William H. Sherman • Performances and Productions

Rewritings and Appropriations
John Fletcher and Philip Massinger • From The Sea Voyage
Thomas Heywood • From The English Traveller
John Dryden and William Davenant • From The Enchanted Island
Thomas Duffett • From The Mock-Tempest
Robert and William Brough • From The Enchanted Isle
Percy MacKaye • From Caliban by the Yellow Sands
Aimé Césaire • From A Tempest

Percy Bysshe Shelley • With a Guitar, to Jane
Robert Browning • From Caliban upon Setebos
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis • At the Top
Rainer Maria Rilke • The Spirit Ariel
H.D. • From By Avon River
Kamau Brathwaite • From Caliban
Suniti Namjoshi • From Snapshots of Caliban
Lemuel Johnson • Calypso for Caliban
Heiner Müller • [Go Ariel]
Edwin Morgan • Ariel Freed • Ted Hughes • Setebos
Robin Kirkpatrick • Envoi

Selected Bibliography

About the Editors:

Peter Hulme is Professor of Literature at the University of Essex. He is the author of Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Native Caribbean, 1492-1797 and Remnants of Conquest: The Caribs and Their Visitors, 1877-1998. He is co-editor, with William H. Sherman, of The Tempest and Its Travels and, with Tim Young, of the Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing.

William H. Sherman is Professor of Early Modern Studies in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. He is the author of John Dee: The Politics of Reading and Writing in the English Renaissance and of many articles on Renaissance literature, travel writing, and the history of the book. He has also edited The Tempest and Its Travels with Peter Hulme, and the new Cambridge edition of Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist with Peter Holland.

Target Audience:

Students and Academicians of English Literature..


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