The Winter's Tale, Paperback Book
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Like every other play in the Cambridge School Shakespeare series, The Winter's Tale has been specially prepared to help all students in schools and colleges.

This version aims to be different from other editions of the play.

It invites you to bring the play to life in your classroom through enjoyable activities that will help increase your understanding.

You are encourage to make up your own mind about the play, rather than have someone else's interpretation handed down to you.

Whatever you do, remember that Shakespeare wrote his plays to be acted, watched and enjoyed.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Shakespeare plays
  • ISBN: 9780521599559

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Deeply paranoid, Leontes, the King of Sicilia, decides that his wife has been having an affair with the visiting King of Bohemia, and that the baby she carries has been fathered by the visitor. Leontes demands that his friend Camillo murder King Polixenes, but instead, Camillo flees Sicilia with the King. Since he can't take revenge on the man, Leontes punishes the Queen and the newborn child, who is taken to Bohemia and left to the elements. She is rescued by a poor shepherd, who raises and loves her as a daughter, and the local prince falls in love with her, which causes problems with his father.This play is a twofer- you get both a intense tragedy, along the lines of "Othello", then a romance. It's weird, because it's hard to transition from a king demanding that a newborn be burned alive to young love. For me, the first half, with the King's madness, was way more compelling.

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