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The Winter's Tale
A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare

Editor(s): Robert Kean Turner, Virginia Westling Haas

Pages: xxvii & 979 pp.
Published: 2005
ISBN: 9780873522946

"Anyone who still delights in books that are lavishly furnished with scrupulously compiled and generous detail will lose himself with pleasure and profit in this new volume. A highly welcome innovation to the volume is the inclusion of a CD with the complete text of the edition in a PDF file."
Editionen in der Kritik

This edition, The Winter's Tale, not only contains the complete text of the play but also presents the expanse of scholarly opinion and interpretation since the earliest commentary. It covers dating, sources, and emendations to stage history and influential interpretations of particular words.

This Variorum volume includes a CD that contains the contents as fully text-searchable PDFs with internal links for easy navigation.

Inaugurated in the 1860s and the standard reference edition of Shakespeare’s work, the New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare continues the tradition of the original Variorum editions of the early nineteenth century. The New Variorum editions are valuable resources for an international audience of scholars, students, directors, actors, and general readers. Overseen by two general editors and an MLA committee, the production of each edition is conducted by a team of scholars and researchers working over a number of years.

Table of Contents

A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare


Plan of the Work

THE WINTER'S TALE: Text, Texual Notes, and Commentary


Irregular, Doubtful, and Emended Accidentals in F1

Unadopted Conjectures
The Text
The 1623 Version of The Winter's Tale
The F1 Copy
Crane's Copy
Crane's Reliability
The Printer's Reliability
Subsequent Early Editions
The Date of Composition
External Evidence
Internal Evidence
Primary Source
Other Sources

Possible Sources, Analogues, and Imitations
General Assessments
Themes and Significance
Drame à Clef
The Winter's Tale on the Stage
The Text on the Stage
Music in The Winter's Tale



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