This new Arden volume is the latest item in an interesting array of recent editions, from Stephen Orgels generally praised Oxford edition of 1996 to the truly impressive Variorum tome edited by Robert Kean Turner and Virginia Westling Haas (2005) and the no less valuable Cambridge addition to their series (The Winters Tale, ed. Susan Snyder and Deborah Curren-Aquino) of 2007. John Pitcher convincingly holds his own amidst such challenging competition, proving once again that this play is rich and interesting enough for a great variety of approaches. His long and wide-ranging introduction places it firmly in a European context between tragic myth and romance folklore, murderous guilt and a fairy-tale cosmos, where wonder and redemptive transformation become possible. Pitcher most persuasively follows the abundant hints and allusions offered by the text into largely unexplored literary terrains, from Euripides Alkeste to the Orpheus myth and the concept of wonder in the discourses of theology and folklore. While much of this has been treated by his predecessors, Pitchers view of this intriguing comedy has a freshness that offers the reader a new means of engaging with the text, if only by some unexpected changes of focus.