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Though written near the end of his career, The Tempest stands first in Shakespeare's First Folio of 1623. Recently redefined by modern criticism as a romance, the play has been read as an escapist fantasy, a political allegory, and a celebratory fiction.
莎士比亞 (William Shakespeare, 1564-1616)，生於英國史特拉福鎮(Stratford-upon-Avon)，英國文藝復興時期(English Renaissance)著名演員、劇作家與詩人。 生平創作極豐，共留有兩篇長篇敘事詩、一百五十四首十四行詩和少數雜詩，以及三十七部震撼舞台的戲劇。這些作品的內涵深刻、藝術價值極高，使莎翁成為傳世不朽，帶給世界文壇無限影響的偉大文豪。