From the Collection
At the end of the Tempest, Prospero relinquishes his magical powers by breaking his staff and declaring that “deeper than ever did plummet sound I’ll drown my book” (Act 5, Scene 1, lines 65-66). This type of magical book, inscribed circa 1577-1583 may have been what Shakespeare had in mind.
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Listen to Barbara Mowat discuss magic in Shakespeare’s plays on the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.
In 1916, artist Percy Mackaye created a modern “community masque” with dance and music based on The Tempest. Mackaye wrote the masque to commemorate the tercentenary of the death of Shakespeare.
Learn about music in Shakespeare’s plays on the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.
Read about 17th-century adaptations of Shakespeare in Claude Fretz’s Shakespeare and Beyond blog post.
This postcard advertising a 1993 Folger Theatre production shows him as a hairy goblin. Studying these versions of Caliban can tell us how societies think about monstrousness and “the other.” Below, watch former Folger Mellon Fellow Surekha Davies discuss what Caliban tells us about how early modern Europeans considered what it means to be human.
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