The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale

By (author) William Shakespeare , Revised by Russ McDonald , Introduction by Russ McDonald , Contributions by Paul Edmondson , Edited by Ernest Schanzer , Other adaptation by Stanley W. Wells , Other adaptation by T. J. B. Spencer

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The jealous King of Sicily becomes convinced that his wife is carrying the child of his best friend. Imprisoned and put on trial, the Queen collapses when the King refuses to accept the divine confirmation of her innocence. The child is abandoned to die on the coast of Bohemia. But when she is found and raised by a shepherd, it seems redemption may be possible.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 112 x 180 x 20mm | 258.55g
  • 07 Apr 2005
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London
  • English
  • Illustrations
  • 0141013893
  • 9780141013893
  • 257,487

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Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor of the University of Birmingham and Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Russ McDonald is Nation's Bank Excellence Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The winner of multiple awards for distinguished teaching, he has recently edited Shakespeare: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory, 1945-2000. Ernest Schanzer was a Shakespeare scholar who taught at the Universities of Liverpool and Munich. Author of a book on Shakespeare's Problem Plays, he also had a special interest in Shakespeare's sources and in his late plays. He edited Pericles for the Signet edition. Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor of the University of Birmingham and Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Russ McDonald is Nation's Bank Excellence Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The winner of multiple awards for distinguished teaching, he has recently edited Shakespeare: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory, 1945-2000. Ernest Schanzer was a Shakespeare scholar who taught at the Universities of Liverpool and Munich. Author of a book on Shakespeare's Problem Plays, he also had a special interest in Shakespeare's sources and in his late plays. He edited Pericles for the Signet edition.

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One of Shakespeare's more problematic romances gets a picture-book treatment in Coville's new rendition. Jealous King Leontes suspects without reason that his wife and best friend are having an affair. Despite the protests of his most trusted advisors, he sentences his wife to death and demands that her newborn babe be cast into the wilderness. There the child is discovered by a kindly shepherd and raised as a peasant until the day a wayfaring prince falls in love with her. In true Shakespearean fashion, all works out well in the end with true identities discovered, families reunited and multiple weddings to boot. For a tale of suspected infidelity and death, author and artist do as much as they can for what boils down to a fairly adult story. Some judicious editing of the text would not have been out of place - the character of Autolycus weighs down an otherwise succinct narrative. Yet the cleverly selected direct quotes and theatrical watercolor and gouache images make this a more than adequate companion to the original play. (Picture book/play. 7-10) (Kirkus Reviews)

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