The Late Romances

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 26, 2009 - Drama - 848 pages
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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.


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

User Review  - Alan - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Alana - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review


Pericles on Stage
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C_xmbelineon Stage 199
Further Reading 419
The Wi11ters Tale on Stage 433
Date and Text 591
Further Reading 633
The Tempest on Stage
The Tempest on Screen
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William Shakespeare was born on April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England s Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children their older daughter, Susanna, and the twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare s only son, died in childhood.

The bulk of Shakespeare s working life was spent, not in Stratford, but in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He had a successful career in London as a playwright and actor and was a shareholder in the acting company the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He produced most of his plays between 1589 and 1613. Sometime between 1610 and 1613, Shakespeare is thought to have retired from the stage and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616.

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