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The Winter's Tale: Third Series (Arden Shakespeare) [Paperback]

William Shakespeare , John A. Pitcher
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Book Description

September 1, 2010 1903436354 978-1903436356 3
One of Shakespeare’s later plays, best described as a tragic-comedy, the play falls into two distinct parts. In the first Leontes is thrown into a jealous rage by his suspicions of his wife Hermione and his best-friend, and imprisons her and orders that her new born daughter be left to perish. The second half is a pastoral comedy with the “lost” daughter Perdita having been rescued by shepherds and now in love with a young prince. The play ends with former lovers and friends reunited after the apparently miraculous resurrection of Hermione.  John Pitcher’s lively introduction and commentary explores the extraordinary merging of theatrical forms in the play and its success in performance. As the recent Sam Mendes production at the Old Vic shows, this is a play that can work a kind of magic in the theatre.
 
For more than a century educators, students and general readers have relied on The Arden Shakespeare to provide the very best scholarship and most authoritative texts available.
The Third Series editions’ added emphasis on all aspects of Shakespeare performance extended the Arden editions readership to also become the preferred text for theatre professionals.

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”Cleverly and clearly designed for study, notes and commentary appear on the same page as the text and the introduction encompasses the play's historical, cultural and performance contexts as well as a survey of critical approaches.”—Sardines Theatre Magazine
 
 

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John Dover Wilson's New Shakespeare, published between 1921 and 1966, became the classic Cambridge edition of Shakespeare's plays and poems until the 1980s. The series, long since out-of-print, is now reissued. Each work contains a lengthy and lively introduction, main text, and substantial notes and glossary. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Arden Shakespeare
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare; 3 edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903436354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903436356
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars KINDLE VERSION - Don't buy it February 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
THIS REVIEW APPLIES TO THE KINDLE VERSION ONLY

This is another example of lazy publishers dumping text into a Kindle "book" and foisting it on the public without so much as a 10 second skimming of the text to see if it is worthy of release. It isn't. The text of the play is paginated so poorly that footnotes are now interspersed in the text (footnotes are helpful for reading older plays) and line numbers are now embedded in the text and the indication of who is speaking what lines are often jammed together.

As I said before, a supremely lazy effort that makes the kindle and e-book concept look bad.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Redemptive Tragedy May 27, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Winter's Tale is a lot of things: heart-breaking, exhilerating, funny, beautiful, romantic, profound, etc. Yeah, it's all here. This is one of the bard's best plays, and I can't believe they don't teach this in schools. Of course, the ones they teach are excellent, but I can see high school kids enjoying this one a lot more than some of those others (Othello, King Lear).
The story is, of course, brilliant. King Leontes goes into a jealous rage at the beginning against his wife Hermione. Leontes is very mistaken in his actions, and the result is tragic. Shakespeare picks the story back up sixteen years later with the children, and the story works to a really, really surprising end of bittersweet redemption.
This is one of Shakespeare's bests. The first half is a penetrating and devestating, but the second half shows a capacity for salvation from the depths of despair. Also, this being Shakespeare, the blank verse is gorgeous and the characters are well drawn, and the ending is a surprise unparalleled in the rest of his plays. The Winter's Tale is a truly profound and entertaining read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My personal favorite of Shakespeare's plays July 21, 2001
Format:Paperback
For me The Winter's Tale is the most satisfying of Shakespeare's plays. And why? It may not be Hamlet for tragedy, it may not be Twelfth Night for comedy -- indeed, perhaps in the great objective sense this is not nearly his best; but as a coherent work this has them all beat. Here we find all sides of Shakespeare's genius on display: Leontes shares his intense sexual jealousy with Othello, and Florizel and Perdita take their light-hearted romantic comedy interplay (complete with disguises and recogntions) from the best of Shakespeare's comedies, before his sense of the romantic soured into the bitter genius of the problem plays. Add that to the eerily lyrical poetry of Act IV, and you've got a masterpiece. The Winter's Tale is laugh-out-loud funny at times; it's ribald; it's profoundly tragic; and in the end, it's a look at the craft of theater, the craft of literature and ultimately the craft of living. Unjustly ignored, The Winter's Tale is easily as good as its immediate successor, The Tempest -- and that's high praise indeed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A curious play July 15, 2005
Format:Paperback
Early compilers of Shakespeare's plays classified this a comedy, but there is much tragedy in it. Later it was called a romance. Through irrational jealousy a king is apparently responsible for the deaths of his entire family -- wife, son and daughter -- by mid-play. Time is a character in the play and at his one appearance summarizes the passage of sixteen years. If you have an overy high regard for realism, you may not much enjoy this play, but that will be true of more of Shakespeare than just this one tale. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I look forward to seeing it. I've ordered the BBC DVD and it's being performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2006. These Cambridge School editions have the play's text on right-hand pages; they have summary, commentary and exercises, and vocabulary on the facing left-hand pages. As I read through the play, I'd read the summary, read the play text paying attention to vocabulary, and then read the commentary and exercises. Some additional, unusual vocabulary was only explained in the commentary. I felt I got a deeper understanding of the play than if I had just read the play proper.mmary, commentary and exercises, and vocabulary on the facing left-hand pages. As I read through the play, I'd read the summary, read the play text paying attention to vocabulary, and then read the commentary and exercises. Some additional, unusual vocabulary was only explained in the commentary. I felt I got a deeper understanding of the play than if I had just read the play proper.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Terrible Costs of Jealous Rage October 18, 2001
Format:Paperback
The Winter's Tale contains some of the most technically difficult solutions to telling a story that have ever appeared in a play. If you think you know all about how a play must be constructed, read The Winter's Tale. It will greatly expand your mind.
The play opens near the end of a long visit by Polixenes, the king of Bohemia, to the court of his childhood friend, Leontes, the king of Sicily. Leontes wants his friend to stay one more day. His friend declines. Leontes prevails upon his wife, Hermione, to persuade Polixenes. Hermione does her husband's bidding, having been silent before then. Rather than be pleased that she has succeeded, Leontes goes into a jealous rage in which he doubts her faithfulness. As his jealousy grows, he takes actions to defend his misconceptions of his "abused" honor that in fact abuse all those who have loved him. Unable to control himself, Leontes continues to pursue his folly even when evidence grows that he is wrong. To his great regret, these impulsive acts cost him dearly.
Three particular aspects of the play deserve special mention. The first is the way that Shakespeare ties together actions set 16 years apart in time. Although that sounds like crossing the Grand Canyon in a motorcycle jump, Shakespeare pulls off the jump rather well so that it is not so big a leap. The second is that Shakespeare captures entirely different moods from hilarious good humor to deep depression and remorse closely adjacent to one another. As a result, the audience is able to experience many more emotions than normally are evoked in a single play. Third, the play's final scene is as remarkable a bit of writing as you can imagine. Read it, and marvel!
After you finish reading this play, think about where your own loss of temper has had bad consequences.
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1.0 out of 5 stars someone stole 5 shakespear books before I got to read them!
somehow someone took them from my house before I got to read them. I am too old to go to the Shakespearean Festival now, so I guess that's going to be OK.
Published 2 months ago by Jean B Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars very good condtion
i really needed this book for my class and found it for such a great price, love it! also delivered in time frame and very good condition for the pricing
Published 5 months ago by alma anguiano
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
What a beautiful play. The idea that these terribly "good" people, but at odds with each other, still find joy after sorrow. Lovely.
Published 5 months ago by B. Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Shakespeare so it has to be good.
Free is always good. Everything was great with the transfer and I am very pleased. You cannot go wrong with free.
Published 5 months ago by D. Fraissinet
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Shakespeare.
It's Shakespeare. What more do you need? It's a great play with everything you expect from a Shakespearean epic.. Thanks
Published 5 months ago by Alana Dolan
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't care for
I don't exactly care for this play from Shakespeare but it was entertaining and fun to read. Would read again
Published 5 months ago by lizzb92
2.0 out of 5 stars Not My Favorite Shakespeare
I've never really been a big fan of Shakepeare. I can see the literary importance of his works, but to the modern audience, variations of his stories have been done so many times... Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Hicks
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah so another good one
Kindle is good, great price (I think it was $0 so a bargain). Like it. Good to have it stashed.
Published 9 months ago by DNCB
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother with Kindle version
The ignorance of Amazon to think that all publications of "The Winter's Tale" is astounding. The Kindle version of this book is not the Arden version. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mycroft
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Second-Series Arden
I find myself writing "what's left to say about...?" a lot these days. This play is so certifiably great and has received so many penetrating readings and commentaries that... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Paul Frandano
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