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The Winter's Tale (Collins Classics) Paperback – 12 Sep 2013

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins (12 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007925484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007925483
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 1.1 x 11.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire and was baptised on 26 April 1564. Thought to have been educated at the local grammar school, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he went on to have three children, at the age of eighteen, before moving to London to work in the theatre. Two erotic poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece were published in 1593 and 1594 and records of his plays begin to appear in 1594 for Richard III and the three parts of Henry VI. Shakespeare's tragic period lasted from around 1600 to 1608, during which period he wrote plays including Hamlet and Othello. The first editions of the sonnets were published in 1609 but evidence suggests that Shakespeare had been writing them for years for a private readership.

Shakespeare spent the last five years of his life in Stratford, by now a wealthy man. He died on 23 April 1616 and was buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. The first collected edition of his works was published in 1623.

(The portrait details: The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. NPG1, © National Portrait Gallery, London)

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William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest playwright the world has seen. He produced an astonishing amount of work; 37 plays, 154 sonnets, and 5 poems. He died on 23rd April 1616, aged 52, and was buried in the Holy Trinity Church, Stratford.


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By sam on 19 Feb. 2015
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If you are studying the play it is better to get the Arden's version that explains terms in more depth. If you are reading for pleasure then this certainly does the job.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yorks on 19 Feb. 2014
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My favourite Shakespeare play and makes for a great read. Engaging, funny, sad, thoughtful. Lots of great characters including Leontes, Polixenes, Hermionie & Autolycus. Thoroughly recommended
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