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The Winter's Tale

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George Lyman Kittredge's insightful editions of Shakespeare have endured in part because of his eclecticism, his diversity of interests, and his wide-ranging accomplishments, all of which are reflected in the valuable notes in each volume. These new editions have specific emphasis on the performance histories of the plays (on stage and screen). Features of each edition include: The original introduction to the Kittredge Edition Editor's Introduction to the Focus Edition. An overview on major themes of the plays, and sections on the play's performance history on stage and screen. Explanatory Notes. The explanatory notes either expand on Kittredge's superb glosses, or, in the case of plays for which he did not write notes, give the needed explanations for Shakespeare's sometimes demanding language. Performance notes. These appear separately and immediately below the textual footnotes and include discussions of noteworthy stagings of the plays, issues of interpretation, and film and stage choices. How to read the play as Performance Section. A discussion of the written play vs. the play as performed and the various ways in which Shakespeare's words allow the reader to envision the work "off the page." Comprehensive Timeline. Covering major historical events (with brief annotations) as well as relevant details from Shakespeare's life. Some of the Chronologies include time chronologies within the plays. Topics for Discussion and Further Study Section. Critical Issues: Dealing with the text in a larger context and considerations of character, genre, language, and interpretative problems. Performance Issues: Problems and intricacies of staging the play connected to chief issues discussed in the Focus Editions' Introduction. Select Bibliography & FilmographyEach New Kittredge edition also includes film stills from major productions, for comparison and scene study.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 147 pages
  • 137.16 x 215.9 x 7.62mm | 204.12g
  • Focus Publishing/R Pullins & Co
  • MA, United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Photos from major productions
  • 1585103098
  • 9781585103096

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"No edition gives such equal balance to the play as it appears on the page, the stage, and the screen as does the New Kittredge Shakespeare. This edition of Winter's Tale begins that balancing act with Mark Muggli's engaging introduction and continues it throughout the text of the play per se with considerations of stage choices, abundant photographs, and a concluding essay on the play as performance. The result is that the reader is always in touch with the work in its multiple dimensions as a literary, theatrical, and cultural phenomenon. That approach makes Muggli's edition an excellent introduction to the play and equally an ally of the teacher and the director." -- Ralph Alan Cohen, Mary Baldwin Collegeshow more

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"The Winter's Tale is a kind of miracle play in which performance is of the essence of an exciting, imaginative, and inspiring plot embodied in visionary dialogue. This is a twenty-first-century edition with the solid twentieth-century scholarship of G. L. Kittredge. Muggli's contributions are designed less to interpret than 'to facilitate the reader's interpretation, ' and the reader and the play are primary in this presentation of The Winter's Tale." --Tom Clayton, University of Minnesota "No edition gives such equal balance to the play as it appears on the page, the stage, and the screen as does the New Kittredge Shakespeare. [In] this edition of Winter's Tale . . . the reader is always in touch with the work in its multiple dimensions as a literary, theatrical, and cultural phenomenon. That approach makes Muggli's edition an excellent introduction to the play and equally an ally of the teacher and the director." --Ralph Alan Cohen, Mary Baldwin College George Lyman Kittredge's insightful editions of Shakespeare have endured in part because of this eclecticism, his diversity of interests, and his wide-ranging accomplishments--all of which are reflected in the valuable notes in each volume. The plays in the New Kittredge Shakespeare series retain the original Kittredge notes and introductions, changed or augmented only when some modernization seems necessary. These new editions also include introductory essays by contemporary editors, notes on the plays as they have been performed on stage and film, and additional student materials. These plays are being made available by Focus Publishing with the permission of the Kittredge heirs. Mark Z. Muggli is Professor and Department Head of English at Luther College, where he developed the "Our Shakespeare" project (www.luther.edu/english/ourshakespeare).show more

About William Shakespeare

Mark Z. Muggli is Professor and Department Head of English at Luther College (Decorah, Iowa). As the Luther College 2011-13 Jones Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, he developed the "Our Shakespeare" project (www.luther.edu/english/ourshakespeare). In 2010, he created the course "Shakespeare Performed," with his students staging an abridged Winter's Tale.show more

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