The Tempest is often called Shakespeare's most elusive work. In this compelling new interpretation, leading Shakespearean scholar Graham Bradshaw argues that what Shakespeare is offering us, in his story of Prospero, the exiled duke who brings his enemies within his grasp, is a disturbing play about the nature of power. Drawing on other critical opinions, and on more than 30 years of teaching and writing about Shakespeare, Bradshaw shows why The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. This entertaining, accessible guide is t only a must-read for students of Shakespeare, but also for any theatregoers who want to enhance the pleasure they get from seeing this astonishing work in performance.
Professor Graham Bradshaw is the author of Shakespeare's Scepticism, described by Harold Bloom as one of the half-dozen or so best modern books about Shakespeare and numerous other books and essays. A former Professor of English at Chuo University in Tokyo and before that a Reader at the University of St Andrews, he began his career at Cambridge. He is now an Honorary Professor of English and Fine Arts at the University of Queensland.