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The Tempest Summary
William Shakespeare

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The Tempest Summary


Critical consensus places the composition of The Tempest sometime in the years 1610-11. Its first recorded performance was before King James I on November 1, 1611, making it one of the last, if not the last, drama that Shakespeare produced without the help of a collaborator.

Although regarded as one of the dramatist's most original works, The Tempest is said to have been influenced by a number of texts, including Michel de Montaigne's essay "Of the Cannibals" (translated into English in 1603), Sylvester Jourdain's A Discovery of the Bermudas (1610), A true Declaration of the estate of the Colony in Virginia (1610), as well as other accounts of exploration and discovery in the New World. In terms of plot, several possible sources have been put forth, though none contain more than scant resemblances to Shakespeare's play. Thus, many scholars agree with the assessment of Frank Kermode that the genesis of The Tempest is in...

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