Timon of Athens

Timon of Athens

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Karl Klein's edition of Timon of Athens introduces Shakespeare's play as a complex exploration of a corrupt, moneyed society. Klein sees the protagonist not as a failed tragic hero, but as a rich and philanthropic nobleman, surrounded by greed and sycophancy, who is forced to recognise the inherent destructiveness of the Athenian society from which he retreats in disgust and rage. Klein establishes Timon as one of Shakespeare's late works, arguing, contrary to recent academic views, that evidence for other authors besides Shakespeare is inconclusive. The edition shows that the play is neither tragedy, satire nor comedy, but a subtle and complete drama whose main characters contain elements of all three genres. This edition was near completion at the time of Karl Klein's death, and was prepared for publication by his colleagues and by Brian Gibbons.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 14mm | 358.34g
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10 b/w illus.
  • 0521294045
  • 9780521294041
  • 636,996

Table of contents

List of illustrations; List of abbreviations and conventions; Introduction: date, the play and its themes, critical approaches, the play on the stage, the 1999 RSC production (A. R. Braunmuller); Narrative and dramatic treatments of the Timon legend from Lucian to The Comedy of Timon' authorship; The Timon legend; List of characters; The play; Supplementary notes; Textual analysis; Reading list.show more

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