The Life of Timon of Athens

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Oxford University Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 370 pages
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Timon of Athensis a bitterly intriguing study of a fabulously rich man who wastes his wealth on his friends, and, when he is finally impoverished, learns to despise humanity with a hatred that drives him to his grave. The play's plot structure is schematically clear, and the poetry of Timon's rage is arresting in its savage intensity. Yet readers have often detected loose ends, and the tone of writing is uneven. In his introduction, John Jowett explains how these characteristics arise because the play was written as a collaboration between Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton. This edition pays full justice to Middleton's presence, explaining how his contribution gave the play its distinctive edge. Readers need to read this play as a dialogue between writers of different temperaments, and this edition is the first to make such a reading possible.

The introduction provides the fullest account of the play's performance history available. The commentary is the most detailed ever to have been published. Appendices include source materials and a listing of major productions worldwide.

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User Review  - Cindy Rollins - Goodreads

This is one of my least favorite plays. I am not sure why but maybe it is because I did not like the video we watched of it years ago. It was very true to the play with Timon wearing very few clothes ... Read full review

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User Review  - Richard - Goodreads

Lacking the emotional appeal of Romeo and Juliet, the psychological and philosophical breadth of Hamlet, or the gripping plot of Macbeth, Timon of Athens is unlikely to be many people's favourite ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

John Jowett is a Reader in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.

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