Read & Co. Classics presents this new beautiful edition of William Shakespeare’s play, “All’s Well That Ends Well” (1623). The play is an intricate tale of loss, lies, and love and is often considered to be both a comedy and a tragedy. The play depicts the trials and triumphs between Helena, a gentlewoman, and Bertram, the son of a Countess, whom Helena secretly loves. When Helena successfully heals the dying King of France, she is allowed to choose a husband from the court. Bertram does not respond well when he is selected, deeming Helena unworthy of him and his status. Enforced by the King to accept her, Bertram sets Helena unrealistic terms to meet before he will do so. Through determination, deception, and putting her life on the line, Helena faces the challenge of proving her worth. William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) was an English playwright, poet, and actor. He is considered to be the greatest writer in the English language and is celebrated as the world’s most famous dramatist.