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The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale

By: William Shakespeare

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"A merry winter's tale would drive away the time trimly," suggests a character from The Old Wives' Tale, a play by one of Shakespeare's lesser-known contemporaries. And indeed, Elizabethan audiences recognized a "winter's tale" as a fanciful story, rendered all the more appealing by its very improbability. The Bard's version of this traditional entertainment is a charming romantic comedy, but with undertones of tragedy.
Running an emotional gamut from betrayal and broken hearts to a lighthearted romp, the tale begins with the tyrannical actions of a jealous king, whose baseless suspicions of his wife and best friend destroy his own family. The play's second half takes place sixteen years later, when the lovely plot turns toward romance and reconciliation. A sheep-shearing festival provides the occasion for a picturesque assembly of country folk, who contribute some of the play's finest moments with their rustic songs and dances.

Reprint of a standard edition.
AvailabilityUsually ships in 24 to 48 hours
ISBN 100486411184
ISBN 139780486411187
Author/EditorWilliam Shakespeare
Grade level9 and Up (ages 14 and up)
Page Count112
Dimensions5 x 8

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