The Winter's Tale, Paperback
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The Winter's Tale is one of Shakespeare's most varied, theatrically self-conscious, and emotionally wide-ranging plays.

This 2007 edition provides a newly-edited text, a comprehensive introduction that takes into account current critical thinking, and a detailed commentary on the play's language designed to make it easily accessible to contemporary readers.

Much of the play's copiousness inheres in its generic intermingling of tragedy, comedy, romance, pastoral, and the history play.

In addition to dates and sources, the introduction attends to iterative patterns, the nature and cause of Leontes' jealousy, the staging and meaning of the bear episode, and the thematic and structural implications of the figure of Time.

Special attention is paid to the ending and its tempered happiness.

Performance history is integrated throughout the introduction and commentary.

Textual analysis, four appendices - including the theatrical practice of doubling, and a select chronology of performance history - and a reading list complete the edition.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 306 pages, 30 b/w illus.
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Shakespeare plays
  • ISBN: 9780521293730


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I enjoyed this play enough, but it certainly wasn't my favorite. I thought the plot was good. I thought the book raised interesting questions about faith and taking things at face value. I only really thought the writing was especially good in a couple of places, I found some of the characters a bit difficult to relate to. Thre's also one speculation about the title which I find interesting. At one point Hermione asks her son to tell a story and some people believe that this would be the story he'd have told. I also thought the play was a bit similar to Beauty and the Beast in that there seems to be points whre Leontes trusts no one yet by the end of the play it's everyone else, not himself, who have led to the play's conclusion. Overall, I enjoyed reading this play and I'm glad I did, it's just not one that stuck with me as much.

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As with the other Shakespeare, this was from my course in London. I’d never read it before, only the Lamb’s Tales summary, which is hardly the same thing. A beautiful story of loss, redemption, and forgiveness, this goes in my top four. Again, it was helped by seeing a splendid production, but the play itself is wonderful and well worth a read.

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