112 pages, 8.25 × 5.19 × 0.68 in
June 20, 2000
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0486411184
ISBN - 13: 9780486411187
About the Book
1611 tragicomedy begins with the tyrannical actions of a jealous king, concludes with romance and reconciliation.
From the Publisher
Running an emotional gamut from betrayal and broken hearts to romance and reconciliation, this 1611 tragicomedy begins with the tyrannical actions of a jealous king, whose baseless suspicions destroy his own family. The play's second half takes place 16 years later, when the lively plot takes a lighthearted turn, abounding in song and dance.
About the Author
William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare
From Our Editors
In the parlance of the era, this play’s
title refers to any unlikely or improbable story made all the more enjoyable by
its actual occurrence. Written near the end of the Bard’s career, The
Winter’s Tale details the havoc wrought by the destructively jealous
king of Sicily when he suspects his wife of conducting an affair with the King
of Bohemia. Including elements of tragedy, comedy and romance, this play’s
somewhat bleak tone has been suggested to mirror Shakespeare’s own disillusionment with life.