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Shakespeare on a Desert Island and Shakespeare’s Desert Island Play Part II

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“Desert” is a shortened form of “deserted,” that is, uninhabited. But history suggests that a completely uninhabited island is like a vacuum, a “gap in nature,” as Shakespeare says elsewhere, that is, a natural impossibility. The action of The Tempest is confined to an unnamed “desert island” (2.1.35) somewhere in the Mediterranean. The shipwrecked character who calls…

Shakespeare on a Desert Island and Shakespeare’s Desert Island Play Part I

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This Fall the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. held an exhibit of a single printed copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare. The Folger’s world-renowned collection includes 79 copies of the First Folio, the 1623 edition of Shakespeare’s Collected Works. You might expect this exhibition to have displayed a rare Folio – one with…