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"Timon of Athens"

The Arden Shakespeare

By William Shakespeare, Anthony Dawson (Edited by), Gretchen Minton (Edited by), Richard Proudfoot (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Other Information: ill
Published In: United Kingdom, 24 June 2008
Timon of Athens has struck many readers as rough and unpolished, perhaps even unfinished, though to others it has appeared as Shakespeare's most profound tragic allegory. Described by Coleridge as 'the stillborn twin of King Lear', the play has nevertheless proved brilliantly effective in performance over the past thirty or forty years.This edition accepts and contributes to the growing scholarly consensus that the play is not Shakespeare's solo work, but is the result of his collaboration with Thomas Middleton, who wrote about a third of it. The editors offer an account of the process of collaboration and discuss the different ways that each author contributes to the play's relentless look at the corruption and greed of society. They provide, as well, detailed annotation of the text and explore the wide range of critical and theatrical interpretations that the play has engendered. Tracing both its satirical and tragic strains, their introduction presents a perspective on the play's meanings that combines careful elucidation of historical context with analysis of its relevance to modern-day society. An extensive and well-illustrated account of the play's production history generates a rich sense of how the play can speak to different historical moments in specific and rewarding ways.

About the Author

Anthony B. Dawson is Professor of English Emeritus at the University of British Columbia. Gretchen E. Minton is an Assistant Professor of English at Montana State University in Bozeman. She specializes in Shakespeare and his contemporaries as well as the literature of the English Reformation and has published articles on Augustine, Erasmus, John Foxe, John Bale, and Shakespeare, as well as contemporary film and drama.

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'...a critical introduction that...could scarcely be better...an admirable edition of Shakespeare and Middleton's challenging collaberative play.' Shakespeare Quarterly (2009)

EAN: 9781903436974
ISBN: 1903436974
Publisher: The Arden Shakespeare
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.8 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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