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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me to them, And tell them that, to ease them of their griefs, Their fears of hostile strokes, their aches, losses, Their pangs of love, with other incident throes That nature’s fragile vessel doth sustain [200] In life’s uncertain voyage, I will some kindness do them — I’ll teach them to prevent wild Alcibiades’ wrath. 1 SENATOR I like this well; he will return again. [205] TIMON I have a tree, which grows here in my close, That mine own use invites me to cut down, And shordy must I

fell it. Tell my friends, Tell Athens, in the sequence of degree From high to low throughout, that whoso please To stop affliction, let him take his haste, Come hither, ere my tree hath felt the axe, [210] And hang himself. I pray you do my greeting. FLAVIUS Trouble him no further; thus you still shall find him. TIMON Come not to me again; but say to Athens Timon hath made his everlasting mansion Upon the beached verge of the salt flood, [215] Who once a day with his embossed froth

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States, the Athenian Lords, VENTIDIUS, which Timon redeem’d from prison. Then comes, dropping after all, APEMANTUS, discontentedly, like himself. VENTIDIUS Most honoured Timon, It hath pleas’d the gods to remember my father’s age, And call him to long peace. He is gone happy, and has left me rich. [5] Then, as in grateful virtue I am bound To your free heart, I do return those talents, Doubled with thanks and service, from whose help I deriv’d liberty. TIMON O, by no means, Honest

See, by good hap, yonder’s my lord; [25] I have sweat to see his honour. — My honour’d lord! [28] LUCIUS Servilius? You are kindly met, sir. Fare thee well; commend me to thy honourable virtuous lord, my very exquisite friend. SERVILIUS May it please your honour, my lord hath sent — LUCIUS Ha! What has he sent? I am so much endeared to that lord; he’s ever sending. How shall I thank him, think’st thou? And what has he sent now? SERVILIUS Has only sent his present occasion now, my lord,

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