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The Winter's Tale | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Author

William Shakespeare

Years Written

c. 1609–11

Type

Play

Genre

Drama, Romance

About the Title

The title The Winter's Tale may stem from a play by English dramatist George Peele titled The Old Wives' Tale (1590). In this play a narrator relates "a merry winter's tale" about a daughter who has disappeared. In contrast Shakespeare's character Mamillius cautions that "a sad tale's best for winter." In keeping with this pronouncement, Mamillius's mother is consequently tried for a series of crimes, and Mamillius's death comes moments after his mother is vindicated by the oracle.

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