NCS: Timon of Athens (The New Cambridge Shakespeare)

NCS: Timon of Athens (The New Cambridge Shakespeare)

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William Shakespeare
Cambridge University Press
Edition: New Ed, 4/19/2001
EAN 9780521294041, ISBN10: 0521294045

Paperback, 218 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
Language: English

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.

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations and conventions
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.