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The Winter's Tale: Texts and Contexts (The Bedford Shakespeare Series)

 
 
 
 
The Winter's Tale: Texts and Contexts (The Bedford Shakespeare Series)
Author: William Shakespeare
ISBN 13: 9780312167042
ISBN 10: 312167040
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication Date: 2007-12-26
Format: Paperback
Pages: 464
List Price: N/A
 
 

An active approach to Shakespeare in the classroom.

VOYA

This edition of the play, part of the Oxford School Shakespeare series, presents Shakespeare's unabridged tragicomedy with thorough supplementary notes (parallel to script), vocabulary, and brief scene synopses. Scattered pen/ink sketches illustrate a few scenes. Large pages might make this paperback more reader-friendly than some. A lengthy commentary introducing the play could be useful to students already familiar with it. Following the text of the play, the editor discusses source material, demonstrating Shakespeare's use of borrowed ideas. Several paragraphs of criticism inform students how readers/viewers from Samuel Johnson (1765) to Harold C. Goddard (1951) viewed the play. Supplementary material includes a nineteenth century actress sharing ideas about working on the play with famed actor Macready, and a musical score for songs in the play. Ten pages titled Classwork and Examinations offer a variety of traditional teaching methods for instructors (discussion, character study, essays, etc.) The volume closes with a frank biographical sketch of Shakespeare, which admits to the dearth of facts and the necessary speculation. Illus. Source Notes. Chronology. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P S (Readable without serious defects, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).