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The Late Romances: Pericles; Cymbeline; The Winter's Tale; The Tempest (Bantam Classics)

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Pericles The first of Shakespeare’s late romances moves spectacularly from one dramatic period to another as the hero, Pericles, sails off to adventure and love, and experiences what for him is a miracle. Cymbeline A favorite romantic drama, this play of a wife unjustly accused of faithlessness moves from a world of intrigue and slander to one of reconciliation and forgivenes Pericles The first of Shakespeare’s late romances moves spectacularly from one dramatic period to another as the hero, Pericles, sails off to adventure and love, and experiences what for him is a miracle. Cymbeline A favorite romantic drama, this play of a wife unjustly accused of faithlessness moves from a world of intrigue and slander to one of reconciliation and forgiveness, and contains two of Shakespeare’s most poignantly beautiful songs. The Winter's Tale From a darkly melodramatic beginning to a joyous pastoral ending, this romance of a jealous king and his long-suffering queen is superb entertainment, with revelations, plot twists, and a final compelling theatrical moment of discovery. The Tempest This tale of the exiled Duke of Milan, marooned on an enchanted island, is so richly filled with music and magic, romance and comedy, that its theme of love and reconciliation offers a splendid feast for the senses and the heart.


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Pericles The first of Shakespeare’s late romances moves spectacularly from one dramatic period to another as the hero, Pericles, sails off to adventure and love, and experiences what for him is a miracle. Cymbeline A favorite romantic drama, this play of a wife unjustly accused of faithlessness moves from a world of intrigue and slander to one of reconciliation and forgivenes Pericles The first of Shakespeare’s late romances moves spectacularly from one dramatic period to another as the hero, Pericles, sails off to adventure and love, and experiences what for him is a miracle. Cymbeline A favorite romantic drama, this play of a wife unjustly accused of faithlessness moves from a world of intrigue and slander to one of reconciliation and forgiveness, and contains two of Shakespeare’s most poignantly beautiful songs. The Winter's Tale From a darkly melodramatic beginning to a joyous pastoral ending, this romance of a jealous king and his long-suffering queen is superb entertainment, with revelations, plot twists, and a final compelling theatrical moment of discovery. The Tempest This tale of the exiled Duke of Milan, marooned on an enchanted island, is so richly filled with music and magic, romance and comedy, that its theme of love and reconciliation offers a splendid feast for the senses and the heart.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Many years ago I foolishly bet one of my drinking comapnions in a bar that Shakespeare's "The Tempest" was *not* a comedy. Since this was in the years before the Internet, the bet was settled by crossing the street to a local bookstore and finding a book which purported to be an “authority” on Shakespeare. I lost, because my opponent was smart enough to find an author with a traditionalist view of the line between tragedy and comedy (no one dies: it’s a comedy). Had we been fortunate enough to l Many years ago I foolishly bet one of my drinking comapnions in a bar that Shakespeare's "The Tempest" was *not* a comedy. Since this was in the years before the Internet, the bet was settled by crossing the street to a local bookstore and finding a book which purported to be an “authority” on Shakespeare. I lost, because my opponent was smart enough to find an author with a traditionalist view of the line between tragedy and comedy (no one dies: it’s a comedy). Had we been fortunate enough to locate this volume, it would have provided us with the concept of “tragi-comedy” and we’d have had a whole new argument to settle. I bring that up because it seems to me that the real value of this edition of four Shakespeare plays is the analysis provided by David Bevington and his fellow-editors, not so much the texts of the plays themselves. These are, by and large, among the least-readable of Shakespeare’s works. They need to be seen in performance, not read alone, and this volume really is too unwieldy to work as a script for putting on performances. But, there is a good introduction to each play, some material on the history of their performance, details on the sources Shakespeare used to create the plays, and other tidbits like memorable lines and suggestions for further reading, all of which make this a useful addition to the Shakespeare fan’s collection. Of the plays, my favorite remains “The Tempest,” which I take it was the last one Shakespeare wrote. It deals with questions of the New World and with magic and fantasy as well as the proper relationship between parent and offspring, when the child has matured to the point of independence. It is also the source-text for the science fiction classic “The Forbidden Planet,” so how could I fail to like it? After that, for me “Cymbelline” is a very good story of a man who, like Othello, unwisely doubts his mate’s chastity, but avoids the dire fate of that play’s protagonist. “The Winter’s Tale” is a good one that really needs to be seen to be appreciated, and “Pericles” has never made any sense to me at all. As the editors suggest, there are themes in all of them that suggest Shakespeare was coming to terms with his own maturity, especially questions of the proper relationship between fathers and daughters, aging husbands and their wives.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    The Bantam classics edition of Shakespeare's late romances offers four of the great playwright's later works, written as literary tastes and theatrical fashions entered a period of change. This volume contains full texts of Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest. Preceding each play is an introductory essay and an essay on the history of its performance. Excellent footnotes accompany each play, with helpful highlights illuminating puns and Elizabethan wordplay whose meaning may n The Bantam classics edition of Shakespeare's late romances offers four of the great playwright's later works, written as literary tastes and theatrical fashions entered a period of change. This volume contains full texts of Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest. Preceding each play is an introductory essay and an essay on the history of its performance. Excellent footnotes accompany each play, with helpful highlights illuminating puns and Elizabethan wordplay whose meaning may not be obvious to twenty first century readers. Each play is followed by textual notes and excerpts from Shakespeare's sources.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vitani Days

    La premessa doverosa è che Shakespeare è Shakespeare, alias qualcuno da cui la letteratura moderna non può prescindere. I quattro "drammi romanzeschi" qui presentati non sono forse - eccettuata "La tempesta" - fra le sue opere più note. Si tratta però, indubbiamente, di pièce godibilissime. Non fra le sue più riuscite, ma godibilissime. Sono inoltre accomunate tra loro dall'andamento generale della vicenda, che si configura come una tragedia - naufragi, figlie perdute, madri o mogli morte, guerre La premessa doverosa è che Shakespeare è Shakespeare, alias qualcuno da cui la letteratura moderna non può prescindere. I quattro "drammi romanzeschi" qui presentati non sono forse - eccettuata "La tempesta" - fra le sue opere più note. Si tratta però, indubbiamente, di pièce godibilissime. Non fra le sue più riuscite, ma godibilissime. Sono inoltre accomunate tra loro dall'andamento generale della vicenda, che si configura come una tragedia - naufragi, figlie perdute, madri o mogli morte, guerre - ma viene infine svolta come una commedia, con agnizione conclusiva e assolutamente lieto fine. Quello che amo di più riguardo a Shakespeare, è la sua indagine delle passioni umane e la modernità e vitalità di certi personaggi (Imogene su tutti), elemento che ripropone sempre e che ogni volta non cessa di sorprendermi. Nutro un particolare amore per "La tempesta", ma il mio preferito fra i quattro drammi è "Il racconto d'inverno", di cui adoro la riproposizione del tema bucolico/pastorale. Si tratta inoltre, malgrado l'apparente semplicità, di opere complesse dal punto di vista narrativo e drammaturgico, ricche di colpi di scena e di teatro. Pensatele messe in scena, dico solo questo. "La tempesta", in particolare.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James Violand

    What can you say that hasn't been said about the works of one of the most brilliant minds who ever lived? All superlatives elude me. Only the Ancient Greek playwrights are his equals. All others pale in comparison. Unfortunately, so many are turned-off to Shakespeare because of their introduction to him in high school. What a pity. Shakespeare is to be watched! Reading him is a poor substitute. If you can readily understand the English language of his day, he is easy to read, but few are adept a What can you say that hasn't been said about the works of one of the most brilliant minds who ever lived? All superlatives elude me. Only the Ancient Greek playwrights are his equals. All others pale in comparison. Unfortunately, so many are turned-off to Shakespeare because of their introduction to him in high school. What a pity. Shakespeare is to be watched! Reading him is a poor substitute. If you can readily understand the English language of his day, he is easy to read, but few are adept at this.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alana

    Finally finished the Tempest! It's not that I don't like the story, it's just so incredibly hard to get back in to the style of Shakespeare when you haven't read it for ages. I started reading this story because I heard that it influenced Aldous Huxley's classic, Brave New World (which I have not read... yet) and thought it would be interesting. Several months later, I'm happy I read it but I think I'll go back to less demanding writing styles for a while. Finally finished the Tempest! It's not that I don't like the story, it's just so incredibly hard to get back in to the style of Shakespeare when you haven't read it for ages. I started reading this story because I heard that it influenced Aldous Huxley's classic, Brave New World (which I have not read... yet) and thought it would be interesting. Several months later, I'm happy I read it but I think I'll go back to less demanding writing styles for a while.

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