The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale

by Harold Bloom
     
 

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ISBN-10: 160413707X

ISBN-13: 9781604137071

Pub. Date: 02/01/2010

Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated

In The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare explores notions of reconciliation, atonement, and the healing effects of time. Blending elements of tragedy, comedy, and pastoral romance, the play presents an often fantastical world where statues come to life, long-lost children are returned to the family fold, and redemption is possible in the end. Introduced by Harold Bloom,

Overview

In The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare explores notions of reconciliation, atonement, and the healing effects of time. Blending elements of tragedy, comedy, and pastoral romance, the play presents an often fantastical world where statues come to life, long-lost children are returned to the family fold, and redemption is possible in the end. Introduced by Harold Bloom, this invaluable study guide presents a selection of the finest criticism throughout the centuries, in addition to an accessible summary of the plot, an analysis of key passages, a comprehensive list of characters, and a biography of the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604137071
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Series:
Bloom's Shakespeare Through the Ages Series
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Table of Contents

Series Introduction vii

Volume Introduction Harold Bloom ix

Biography of William Shakespeare 1

Summary of The Winter's Tale 5

Key Passages in The Winter's Tale 11

List of Characters in The Winters Tale 19

Criticism Through The Ages 23

The Winter's Tale in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries 25

From “Defence of the Epilogue,” contained in The Conquest of Granada 1670 John Dryden 26

From the preface to The Works of Shakespeare 1725 Alexander Pope 26

From Shakespeare Illustrated 1753 Charlotte Lennox 27

From Florizel and Perdita. A Dramatic Pastoral in Three Acts, Altered from The Winter's Tale of Shakespeare 1756 David Garrick 29

The Winter's Tale in the Nineteenth Century 33

From Characters of Shakespear's Plays 1817 William Hazlitt 33

From Course of Lectures on Dramatic Art and Literature 1846 A.W. Schlegel 39

From Shakespeare-Characters, Chiefly Those Subordinate 1863 Charles Cowden Clarke 41

The Winter's Tale in the Twentieth Century 57

From William Shakespeare 1911 John Masefield 58

From Shakespeare's Workmanship 1918 Arthur Quiller-Couch 61

From The Crown of Life: Essays in Interpretation of Shakespeare's Final Plays 1947 George Wilson Knight 71

From Character and Motive in Shakespeare: Some Recent Appraisals Examined 1949 J.I.M. Stewart 119

From Disowning Knowledge in Six Plays of Shakespeare 1987 Stanley Cavell 126

“Autolycus in The Winter's Tale” 1998 Richard McCabe 150

The Winter's Tale in the Twenty-first Century 157

From “Virtual Audiences and Virtual Authors: The Winter's Tale The Tempest and Old Wives'Tales” 2009 Mary Ellen Lamb 157

Bibliography 165

Acknowledgments 169

Index 171

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