The Tempest presents some of Shakespeareâ€™s most insightful meditations on the cycle of lifeâ€”ending and beginning, death and regeneration, bondage and freedom. This Norton Critical Edition is based on the First Folio text and is accompanied by explanatory annotations. â€śSources and Contextsâ€ť offers a rich collection of documents on the playâ€™s central themesâ€”magic and witchcraft, politics and religion, geography and travel. Writers include Ovid, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Gabriel NaudĂ©, Michel de Montaigne, and William Strachey. â€śCriticismâ€ť collects eighteen responses to The Tempest, from John Dryden and Samuel Taylor Coleridge to Stephen Orgel and Leah Marcus. â€śRewritings and Appropriationsâ€ť includes creative reactions to The Tempest, by playwrights, filmmakers, and poets, among them H.D., Peter Greenaway, and Ted Hughes. A Selected Bibliography is also included.