by Dennis Abrams
As Publishing Perspectives continues its epic journey through the plays and sonnets of William Shakespeare, The Play’s The Thing, we’re ready to tackle what is perhaps the least known and least appreciated of Shakespeare’s plays, Timon of Athens.
It’s a story as old as money itself: the fable of the big-spending man who uses, then loses all of his wealth — and with it, his wits and everything he owns. But Shakespeare’s variation on the theme — clearly indebted to medieval morality plays – ranks as one of his most neglected works.
But, as Marjorie Garber writes in Shakespeare After All:
“The Life of Timon of Athens is Shakespeare’s remarkable play about philanthropy and misanthropy. Among those many Shakespeare plays that have been discovered, by audiences in every generation, to be in uncanny conversation with their present-day concerns, Timon, with its luxury-loving lords living on credit, influence, loans, and gifts, is possibly the most pertinent to modern and postmodern life.”
Join us as we read the play that William Hazlitt described as having “always appeared to us to be written with as intense a feeling of his subject as any one play of Shakespeare.”
It should be a remarkable journey.
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