The Tempest

William Shakespeare

John Gilbert
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Macmillan Collector's Library

9781509889761
160
Synopsis

The Tempest is Shakespeare's masterpiece of magical effects, redemptive romance, poetry and politics.

Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition features illustrations by renowned artist Sir John Gilbert and an introduction by actor, writer and director Simon Callow.

Prospero has long been exiled from Italy and banished to a remote island with his daughter Miranda. He uses his magical powers to conjure up a fearsome storm, and his enemies, including his treacherous broth Antonio, are shipwrecked. There follows a play filled with murderous plots, drunken confusion, love and redemption. And along the way, the reader discovers an unmistakable message that this is Shakespeare’s own farewell to the stage.

In the media
Shakespeare’s voice rings down the ages, and, as with innumerable other human matters, we would do well to listen to it

Independent

A magical tale of finding love and getting drunk on a tropical island

Time Out

When I read Shakespeare I am struck with wonder that such trivial people should muse and thunder in such lovely language

D. H. Lawrence

The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good

Robert Graves