Timon of Athens: Third Series (Arden Shakespeare)

Timon of Athens: Third Series (Arden Shakespeare)

William Shakespeare

Language: English

Pages: 450

ISBN: 1903436974

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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.

The Arden Shakespeare has developed a reputation as the pre-eminent critical edition of Shakespeare for its exceptional scholarship, reflected in the thoroughness of each volume. An introduction comprehensively contextualizes the play, chronicling the history and culture that surrounded and influenced Shakespeare at the time of its writing and performance, and closely surveying critical approaches to the work. Detailed appendices address problems like dating and casting, and analyze the differing Quarto and Folio sources. A full commentary by one or more of the play's foremost contemporary scholars illuminates the text, glossing unfamiliar terms and drawing from an abundance of research and expertise to explain allusions and significant background information. Highly informative and accessible, Arden offers the fullest experience of Shakespeare available to a reader.

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mine, my lord. BOTH VARRO’S SERVANTS And ours, my lord FHILOTUS All our bills. TIMON Knock me down with ’em; cleave me to the girdle. [91] LUCIUS’ SERVANT Alas, my lord — TIMON Cut my heart in sums. TITUS Mine, fifty talents. TIMON Tell out my blood. LUCIUS’ SERVANT Five thousand crowns, my lord. TIMON Five thousand drops pays that. [96] What yours? and yours? 1 VARROS SERVANT My lord — 2 VARRO’S SERVANT My lord — TIMON Tear me, take me, and the gods fall upon you! [Exit.

nothing brings me all things. Go, live still; Be Alcibiades your plague, you his, And last so long enough! 1 SENATOR We speak in vain. TIMON But yet I love my country, and am not One that rejoices in the common wreck, As common bruit doth put it. 1 SENATOR That’s well spoke. TIMON Commend me to my loving country-men — 1 SENATOR These words become your lips as they pass thorough them. 2 SENATOR And enter in our ears like great triumphers In their applauding gates. [195] TIMON Commend

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confluence, this great flood of visitors. I have in this rough work shap’d out a man Whom this beneath world doth embrace and hug With amplest entertainment. My free drift Halts not particularly, but moves itself [50] In a wide sea of tax. No levell’d malice Infects one comma in the course I hold, But flies an eagle flight, bold and forth on, Leaving no tract behind. PAINTER How shall I understand you? POET I will unbolt to you. [55] You see how all conditions, how all minds — As

Timon!’ Ah! when the means are gone that buy this praise, The breath is gone whereof this praise is made. Feast-won, fast-lost; one cloud of winter show’rs, These flies are couch’d. TIMON Come, sermon me no further. No villainous bounty yet hath pass’d my heart; [175] Unwisely, not ignobly, have I given. Why dost thou weep? Canst thou the conscience lack To think I shall lack friends? Secure thy heart: If I would broach the vessels of my love, And try the argument of hearts by

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