The Tempest

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Shakespeare’s play The Tempest. Written in around 1610, it is thought to be one of the playwright’s final works and contains some of the most poetic and memorable passages in all his output. It was influenced by accounts of distant lands written by contemporary explorers, and by the complex international politics of the early Jacobean age.

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  • Jonathan Bate 16 episodes
    Provost of Worcester College, Oxford
  • Erin Sullivan 2 episodes
    Lecturer and Fellow at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
  • Katherine Duncan-Jones 4 episodes
    Emeritus Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford

Reading list

  • The Tempest
    Christine Dymkowski (ed.) (Cambridge University Press, 2000)
  • A Year of Shakespeare: Re-living the World Shakespeare Festival
    Paul Edmondson, Paul Prescott and Erin Sullivan (eds.) (Arden Shakespeare, 2013) Google Books →
  • Tempest in the Caribbean
    Jonathan Goldberg (University of Minnesota Press, 2003) Google Books →
  • The Tempest and Its Travels
    Peter Hulme and William Sherman (Reaktion Books, 2006) Google Books →
  • The Tempest
    William Shakespeare (David Lindley ed.) (Cambridge University Press, 2013) Google Books →
  • Shakespeare's Caliban: A Cultural History
    Alden Vaughan and Virginia Vaughan (Cambridge University Press, 1993) Google Books →
  • Caliban upon Setebos
    Robert Browning
  • With a Guitar, To Jane
    Percy Bysshe Shelley Google Books →

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