The Winter's Tale

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The Winter's Tale is a play by William Shakespeare, originally published in the First Folio of 1623. 'The Winter's Tale' is high fantasy, a tale to be told by the fire...The play belongs to the type known as tragicomedy , but Shakespeare has separated the tragedy from the comedy. The first part has the same kind of tragic development as 'Othello'; the second part is pure idyllic comedy. 'The Winter's Tale' is a far better play to hear and see than to read; it needs the voice of the actor to give it life.'G.B. HARRISON, editor of texts for The Shakespeare Recording Society.