The Oxford Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale

The Oxford Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale

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The Winter's Tale is Shakespeare's most perfectly realized tragicomedy, as notable for its tragic intensity as for its comic grace and, throughout, for the richness and complexity of its poetry. It concludes, moreover, with the most daring and moving reconciliation scene in all Shakespeare's plays. Though the title may suggest an escapist fantasy, recent criticism has seen in the play a profoundly realistic psychology and a powerful commentary on the
violence implicit in family relationships and deep, longlasting friendships. Stephen Orgel's edition considers the play in relation to Renaissance conceptions of both dramatic genre and the family, traced the changing critical and theatrical attitudes towards it, and places its psychological and dramatic
conflicts within the Jacobean cultural and political context. The commentary pays special attention to the play's linguistic complexity, and the edition also includes a complete reprint of Shakespeare's source, Pandosto, by Robert Greene.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 146 x 226 x 20mm | 514g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Revised ed.
  • halftones
  • 0198129491
  • 9780198129493

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'The Winter's Tale' is Shakespeare's most perfectly realized tragi-comedy, as notable for its tragic intensity as for its comic grace and, throughout, for the richness and complexity of its poetry. Stephen Orgel's edition considers the play in relation to Renaissance conceptions of both dramatic genre and the family, traces the changing critical and theatrical attitudes towards it, and places its psychological and dramatic conflicts within the Jacobean cultural and political context.
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a valuable edition of The Winter's Tale ... this is a well-focused and helpful edition. * Paul Hammond, Review of English Studies * a valuable edition of 'The Winter's Tale'...His accounts of language and of motivation are particularly illuminating and level-headed. - The Review of English Studies, Vol. 49, No. 194, 1998.
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About William Shakespeare

Stephen Orgel is Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Humanities at Stanford University.
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