- The Winter's Tale by Wilbur Sanders - This is a volume in the Twayne's New Critical Introductions To Shakespeare series. Author Wilbur Sanders writes, "Hermione's palpable goodness has proved something of a snare to criticism. Commentators have tended to exclaim raptly, ''Tis Grace indeed!' and then to subside into mindless adoration of a notably theological tinge. The apotheosis of femininity swiftly follows. As we've seen, Hermione suffers this misappropriation quite enough at the hands of other people in the play, without the critics joining in. And incidentally, editors have no business compounding the offence by giving grace a capital 'G.' It's true that the Folio compositor tends to capitalise every second noun in his text, and 'grace' is one of them; but that's no reason for removing all the other capitals, leaving grace enjoying a special prominence - wearing a halo, as it were" (page 36-37). In the chapter titled "The Hypothesis of Hope," Sanders writes, "The love that stirs in Leontes for his daughter is not antithetical to, but continuous with, his love for her mother. Love, on all its possible levels, is an undivided whole: the entire catastrophe was the result of trying to divide it into warring factions" (page 109). And then in the chapter titled "An Art Lawful as Eating," Sander writes (regarding Hermione's return), "When she explains the ending of her long seclusion, she does not attribute it to the desire to be reunited with her husband. It would not be true. They could have been reunited any time this last sixteen years. She has preserved herself, in truth, as she says, to see the issue of the oracle concerning Perdita, and only to Perdita does she speak" (page 116). Published in 1987.
- The Winter's Tale by Bill Overton - The book is a volume in The Critics Debate series. Author Bill Overton writes, "Most of all he denies Bethell's suggestion that the statue scene is 'stagey', claiming that its brilliant effectiveness can only be grasped when it is realised that the play is 'about a crisis in the life of Leontes, not of Hermione, and her restoration...is something which happens not to her, but to him'" (page 18). Later he writes, "Perdita's 'nature', as the audience will be aware, actually is royal. So, though he means it in a different sense, Polixenes is doubly right to say that 'The art itself is Nature' (IV.iv.97)" (page 29). Regarding the grouping of Shakespeare's last plays, Overton writes, "Stanley Wells gives a further useful caution. Not only is the word 'romance' unknown in Shakespeare's writings, but it seems never to have been used to describe a play at the period" (page 36). Regarding Leontes' jealousy, Overton writes, "For what the language and action suggest is that Leontes's jealousy is precipitated by the very fullness of Hermione's hospitality" (page 57). About the title, he writes, "A winter's tale was an idle story, of the sort Mamillius begins to tell his mother ('A sad tale's best for winter' [II.i.25]) when Leontes enters in fury. As has often been suggested, this entrance identifies Leontes with the man who, in the story, 'Dwelt by a churchyard' . The gambit is to juxtapose with an acknowledged fiction, a mere tale, a dramatic fiction which, by its startling intrusion, carries all the appearance of reality" (page 69). Published in 1989.