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(ˈprɒs pəˌroʊ)

(in Shakespeare's The Tempest) the exiled Duke of Milan, who is a magician.
References in classic literature ?
But the Prince Prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious.
It was towards the close of the fifth or sixth month of his seclusion, and while the pestilence raged most furiously abroad, that the Prince Prospero entertained his thousand friends at a masked ball of the most unusual magnificence.
When the eyes of the Prince Prospero fell upon this spectral image (which, with a slow and solemn movement, as if more fully to sustain its role, stalked to and fro among the waltzers) he was seen to be convulsed, in the first moment with a strong shudder either of terror or distaste; but, in the next, his brow reddened with rage.
It was in the eastern or blue chamber in which stood the Prince Prospero as he uttered these words.
There was a sharp cry--and the dagger dropped gleaming upon the sable carpet, upon which, instantly afterwards, fell prostrate in death the Prince Prospero.
and then-and then think of the 'Tempest' -the 'Midsummer-Night's Dream'- Prospero Oberon-and Titania!
But, while the so-potent art of Prospero himself would have failed in summoning the Barnacles from every speck of ocean and dry land on which there was nothing (except mischief) to be done and anything to be pocketed, it was perfectly feasible to assemble a good many Barnacles.
Perhaps the whole visible world rests on it, and if they were one, life itself, like the spirits when Prospero was reconciled to his brother, might vanish into air, into thin air.
Nearby on an island, an old man named Prospero lives with his daughter, Miranda.
Most exciting is our brand new 'foley table' which has been developed at the Island Studios where Prospero is director.
In my audacity, I hereby declare Atticus Finch, Prospero and Dinah Morris to be in that great cloud of witnesses.
Much loved among Shakespeare's plays, 'Tempest''s tale of betrayal, revenge, love and forgiveness, with underpinnings drawn from medieval romance and comedia del arte, has been the subject of many revivals, each one adapting/relating 'Tempest' to zeitgeist as it evolves over time, be it to Freudian psychoanalysis, colonialism, post-colonialism, or lately, to feminism, in such productions as a film starring Helen Mirren as 'Prospera,' or Vanessa Redgrave onstage in breeches role as Prospero.