Pericles

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Penguin, Aug 1, 2001 - Drama - 160 pages
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“This world to me is but a ceaseless storm
Whirring me from my friends.”
—Pericles
 
Eminent Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen provide a fresh new edition of this classic tragicomedy of good and evil in many guises.
 
THIS VOLUME ALSO INCLUDES MORE THAN A HUNDRED PAGES OF EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
 
• an original Introduction to Pericles
• incisive scene-by-scene synopsis and analysis with vital facts about the work
• commentary on past and current productions based on interviews with leading directors, actors, and designers
• photographs of key RSC productions
• an overview of Shakespeare’s theatrical career and chronology of his plays
 
Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions from the Royal Shakespeare Company set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.
 

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Contents

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE OF STRATFORDUPONAVON GENTLEMAN
THE QUESTION OF AUTHORSHIP
Books About the Shakespeare Texts
IChoEnter Gower as Chorus
I1Enter Antiochus Prince Pericles and Followers
I2Enter Pericles with his Lords
I3Enter Thaliard solus
I4Enter Cleon the Governor of Tarsus with his wife Dionyza and others
III2Enter Lord Cerimon with a Servant and another in distress
III3Enter Pericles at Tarsus with Cleon and Dionyza and Lychorida with Marina in her arms
III4Enter Cerimon and Thaisa
IVChoEnter Gower
IV1Enter Dionyza with Leonine
IV2Enter the three Bawds Pander Bawd and Boult
IV3Enter Cleon and Dionyza
IV4Enter Gower

II1Enter Pericles wet
II2Enter King Simonides with Attendants and Thaisa
II3Enter the King Simonides Thaisa Marshal Ladies Lords and Knights from tilting
II4Enter Helicanus and Escanes
II5Enter the King Simonides reading of a letter at one door The Knights meet him
IIIChoEnter Gower
III1Enter Pericles ashipboard Storm
IV5Enter two Gentlemen
VChoEnter Gower
V1Enter Helicanus to him two Sailors one of Tyre the other of Mytilene
V2Enter Gower
V3Enter Pericles Lysimachus Helicanus Marina and others at one door Thaisa with other Vestals and Cerimon at the other
Epi EPILOGUE spoken by Gower
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William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England s Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children an older daughter Susanna and twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare s only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare s working life was spent in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright and poet, but also as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Although some think that sometime between 1610 and 1613 Shakespeare retired from the theater and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616, others believe that he may have continued to work in London until close to his death.

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