This Signet Classic Shakespeare volume contains an extensive overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater by Sylvan Barnet. Special introduction to the play by the editor, Robert Langbaum. Contains sources from which Shakespeare derived The Tempest - selections from William Strachey, Sylvester Jourdain, Montaigne, and Ovid. Dramatic criticism from past to present. A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and production of The Tempest, then and now. Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable type. Up-to-date list of recommanded readings.