Shakespeare Reading Series
The Winter's Tale
Who else but Shakespeare would have stage directions such as "Exit,
pursued by a bear"?
Such is the fate of Antigonus, a lord in King Leontes' court in Act III, scene 3.
The Winter's Tale is often discussed in terms of contrasts: winter to spring, death to life, suspicion to acceptance. The story makes a wonderful tale for winter or any other season.
Some good references for The Winter's Tale are:
Text of the play
SparkNotes summary of the play
Charles and Mary Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare - The Winter's Tale
Essays on The Winter's Tale
Cambridge University Theatre Group - The Winter's Tale
Shakespeare timeline - 1608
The Winter's Tale - BBC 1981
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Last updated: 08/03/02