Timon of Athens

Timon of Athens FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY Each edition includes Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

  • Title: Timon of Athens
  • Author: William Shakespeare Paul Werstine
  • ISBN: 9780671479558
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY Each edition includes Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeare s language An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a moderFOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARYEach edition includes Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to famous lines and phrases An introduction to reading Shakespeare s language An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library s vast holdings of rare books

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    • BillKerwin says:

      This time I liked Timon less than the two other times I have read it. Much of it is probably not even by Shakespeare. and--although Middleton does his professional best to keep the first few acts chugging along--most of it lacks the spark of genius. There are moments in Timon's rants that are characteristically Shakespearean, memorable not only for their poetic intensity but also for the savagery of their vitriol, but they are not enough to save this cynical pageant (no, it is nothing close to a [...]

    • Justin Tate says:

      This is Shakespeare’s best kept secret. After reading Coriolanus and watching the incredible movie I began to wonder what other masterpieces hid in Shakespeare’s complete works. Now that I’ve read them all, I feel safe saying that Timon of Athens is my favorite of all the generally undiscussed plays. The conflict is timeless, the pages and pages of insults are hilarious, and the characters are all peak Will in my opinion. If you like Shakespeare even a little, you got to read Timon.

    • Bradley says:

      Of all his plays, this is probably the most maligned, it being perhaps a collaboration with Middleton, but any way you look at it, it is a striking piece.The simple plot gives way to wild passions and simple fortunes and some of the broadest brush strokes I've ever seen. It's also as stark as death.From great fortune and flatterers surrounding him, Timon is the absolute Good Man who gives away all his fortune to hear the praise of assholes. When he loses it all and asks for help from all his so [...]

    • Darwin8u says:

      “Here lies a wretched corse, of wretched soul bereft:Seek not my name: a plague consume you wicked caitiffs left!Here lie I, Timon; who, alive, all living men did hate:Pass by and curse thy fill, but pass and stay not here thy gait.” ― William Shakespeare, Timon of AthensA pretty straightforward problem play. Rich man gives away all his money and misjudges friends. Becomes a misanthrope. Finds a fortune and tries to destroy Athens. Some good, even great lines, but judged against Shakespear [...]

    • Melora says:

      Wow. Okay, that was just awful. Gives King Edward IIIserious competition in the race to the bottom. It's like someone said to Shakespeare, “Bet you can't make a more unlikeable protagonist than Titus Andronicus,” and Shakespeare said, “Oh yeah?”Timon has the good luck to be born to wealth and position in Athens, and manages to blow through absolutely all of his money by endlessly playing the “Lord Bountiful,” ignoring the protests of his more sensible steward, glorying in the flatter [...]

    • Robert says:

      I really read this here:/review/showAllegedly Shakespeare's least popular play, written in collaboration with Thomas Middleton who wrote at least the whole of Act 3. Timon is astonishingly one-dimensional both as a play and a character who falling from power through naive and extreme generosity, turns into an extreme exemplar of misanthropy when he finds his friends faithless. It's like Lear raging against his fate but for two actse passion and vitriol is magnificently expounded but it does pall [...]

    • Jim says:

      Even in William Shakespeare's minor plays can the reader descry a certain magnificence, accompanied by a glory of language that no writer today can match. The Arden edition I read was almost as insistent in its footnotes as one of the Variorum editions of the Bard, but past the first scenes, the main text carried me along; and I did not have to refer to the copious footnotes unless I ran into too strange a usage.Timon of Athens - Arden Shakespeare is a rather simple story which can be summarized [...]

    • Brian says:

      “I am sick of this false world.”“Timon of Athens” is clearly a lesser work of Shakespeare’s, but it is not the horrid play that some say it is. I gave "Timon of Athens" a 3 star rating compared to other Shakespeare, not to literature as a whole. The Bard is in a class of his own.Essentially the plot is that Timon is lavish and generous with his wealth, and when he loses it he finds out that he is surrounded by false friends and he descends into pure loathing for humanity and never reco [...]

    • Metin Yılmaz says:

      İnsanların riyakarlığının doğurduğu sonuçlar güzel güzel işlenmiş üstadın üslübu ile. Sonrası iyi de olsa kötü de olsa bir hayat daha yitip gitmiş yalanları ile insanların.

    • Bruce says:

      Timon of Athens seems not to have been staged during Shakespeare’s lifetime. Some have claimed that it was never completed, and others have viewed it as the collaborative effort of Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton. It has sometimes been viewed as a weak play with cardboard characters, but it is probably increasingly relevant to our own day, our own culture. It is the story of philanthropy and misanthropy, of patronage and ingratitude, of wealth and poverty.The plot is easily told. Timon is a r [...]

    • Kailey (BooksforMKs) says:

      This is the story of Timon, a wealthy landowner in Athens, who gives away all his wealth to his friends, throwing parties, and supporting artists and politicians. When debt collectors begin to harass him, Timon applies to his friends for help, but they make up excuses and no one will loan him the money he needs. He becomes a misanthrope, and forsakes his life, his city, and his so-called friends, for a destitute life in the wilderness.What a cheerful play! Everyone happy and cheerful and kind! H [...]

    • Carol says:

      So unpleasant is Timon of Athens that it is hard to read. So obscure, that only serious students of Shakespeare take it up. So thick with monologues and soliloquies, that the memorization requisite to stage this play is staggering.Timon is a noble Athenian, who throws extravagant parties and gives indiscriminately. We all know one who thrives on large gestures, who bolster their self-esteem by picking up the tab. Timon is all the rage.Flavius, Timon's steward, heroically tries to staunch the flo [...]

    • Núria says:

      Seguro que ésta no es una de las mejores obras de Shakespeare. Casi parece hecha de forma algo chapucera, porque hay varias incoherencias y algunas líneas argumentales que no se cierran o ni siquiera se explican. Pero aún así es una obra maja que nos cuenta que cuando las cosas nos van bien tenemos muchos amigos, pero que es cuando las cosas nos van mal que descubrimos quién son nuestros verdaderos amigos. En cierto modo es casi como un cuento moral, pero sin moralismo. Timón es un ricach [...]

    • David Sarkies says:

      The Folly of Buying Popularity17 February 2010 I don't think I have ever seen this play performed (well, I wouldn't have because being in Adelaide one tends to know what is being performed, and this never has) nor have any movies been made of it beyond the BBC Shakespeare productions. This does not mean that it is a bad play, it is simply not popular (though I have since seen a version that was produced by the National Theatre, and then released to cinemas world wide). The story is about a wealt [...]

    • Esteban says:

      Otra de esas obras shakespearianas llenas de disonancias. Algunos críticos leen Timón como una sátira política. James I había sido coronado solo dos años antes; me parece muy poco tiempo como para haber hecho un juicio de carácter tan fuerte, pero después de pensarlo un poco encontré que esa interpretación tiene varios puntos a favor: En primer lugar, Timón no tiene dignidad trágica. Su generosidad es agresiva e inmadura. Es inevitable que provoque incomodidad e ingratitud. Mauss men [...]

    • Toni says:

      Timon of Athens is one of Shakespeare’s least produced plays. I’ve never seen it. Most people I know haven’t—maybe because they don’t want to? Anyway, I read it and liked it and would like to watch it on stage. It’s a “problem” play and doesn’t fit neatly into any of the four standard categories of Shakespeare’s plays; i.e Comedies, Tragedies, Histories, and Romances. Timon is a philanthropist’s philanthropist in the first three acts. He gives away gifts and money lavishly; [...]

    • شیرین شکراللهی says:

      Each man to his stool, with that spur as he would to the lip of his mistress; your diet shall be in all places alike. Make not a city feast of it, to let the meat cool ere we can agree upon the first place: sit, sit. The gods require our thanks.—You great benefactors sprinkle our society with thankfulness. For your own gifts, make yourselves praised: but reserve still to give, lest your deities be despised. Lend to each man enough, that one need not lend to another; for, were your godheads to [...]

    • Diana Long says:

      I listened to the Arkangel audio of the play along with reading the text from the Delphi Complete Works of William Shakespeare. In this play we meet Timon who is extremely generous with his friends giving gifts and lavish feastshe bought his friends in other words. Needless to say the funds ran out and he found himself in debt being presented with bills he could not paylooking for his friends for assistance they denied him. Alone and friendless he took up residence in a cave, found gold but beca [...]

    • O'Phylia says:

      Never take advantage of people: the person in question will go mad and the county will fall into ruin.

    • Esdaile says:

      By chance I began to read Timon of Athens again after such a long break that I cannot remember what it was like and therefore had put it on my "to read" list. Perhaps I was prompted by the fact that a production in modern dress is currently showing in London. At a second reading I am struck by the fact that it is rather a better play than its reputation allows. Of all plays attributed to Shakespeare I think none better than this one more completely confounds James Shapiro and all those like him, [...]

    • Liza Palmer says:

      Okay, so this one is a little rough. Some argue that this play is unfinished or a team-write with Thomas Middleton. Whatever the theory, everyone agrees that this play was probably not performed and is a mish/mash of ideas, unfinished scenes and characters from nowhere.That aside. Timon of Athens is a play about what would happen if a man - with no family, no partner, no parents, no kids - sees money as love. So giving gifts and charity and receiving are his reason for living. And it is his frie [...]

    • Cody says:

      Timon of AthensWilliam ShakespeareRead through act 2 scene 2(all of act 2)Summary- Timon is a very generous man, he squanders his wealth (that he seemingly acquires by magical touch (no he doesn’t use his 5 finger discount)) on parties and gifts for his friends. Apemantus is a jerk but right when he says this life style will not suffice and it only gathers flatterers not friends. He refuses to accept payments for his gifts. His servant Flavius (Flay-va Flave!) tells him his wealth is diminishi [...]

    • Ben says:

      This play reminded me of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" or Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" . . . . only in reverse. Timon is a generous man who lives beyond his means. He feels blessed to have many friends, but, unlike George Bailey, when Timon calls on them they all abandon him in his time of need. Timon becomes in return a recluse, a misanthrope, a hater of humanity: "Timon will to the woods; where he shall find/The unkindest beast more kinder than mankind"; "I am Misanthropos, and hate ma [...]

    • Sally Ewan says:

      This was an odd play, for sure. Timon starts off happy and generous, but we know trouble is coming when he refuses to listen to his household manager who is trying to warn him about expenditures. Timon is so kind that he gives things away to everyone, but he runs out of money. Then when he tries to borrow some from his so-called friends, they refuse to help him. He ends up out in the wilderness eating roots and cursing mankind. Then he dies. And there's an odd subplot about Alcibiades turning ag [...]

    • Kathie Harper says:

      This later play of Shakespeare's based upon a classical figure feels like a cautionary tale, even resonates like a Medieval morality play. Beware of a surfeit of money, does it corrupt or do people take advantage of someone like Timon who dispenses it at will and selflessly. According to Shakespeare, they do and then when Timon needs the favor returned, he is abandoned and discarded. He retreats to the forest, lives in a cave, and rails against his fellow man, becomes a misanthrope rather than a [...]

    • Cindy Rollins says:

      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. Once again, a lot is going on here and I did not read the play as well as I should have. It could have easily ended happily or at least positively, but instead it only ends in more bitterness. It is a cautionary tale, reminding me of the Bible passage about the unworthy servant who had his owner's [...]

    • Dylan Grant says:

      A very obscure Shakespeare play, one of his strangest, and also without doubt one of his worst. Not everything Shakespeare wrote was pure gold, evidently. That makes sense though, he wrote 30-something plays, so it makes sense that at least one or two of them wouldn't be great. He's still a genius.The only really interesting scene is towards the very end, wherein the titular character and a cynic named Apemantus (modelled after Diogenes, no doubt) ruminate over the nature of Fortune. But all the [...]

    • Eyehavenofilter says:

      In this collaboration with Middleton we see a different tone in a Shakespeare play as we watch in horror, a man fall from wealth and stature to poverty and wretchedness both in mind, heart and soul. Spending everything, his money and his friendships till he is nothing but a nasty vile shell of himself and finally dies. May The Lord have mercy on what ever soul left his body before he reached that state.

    • Alexander Rolfe says:

      The kids and I read this aloud, and we liked it mainly for the over-the-top vitriol of the speeches. We expected Apemantus to show up towards the end and tell us what to think about it all, but he didn't come back. We just sat there with Timon's discovery that everyone loved his money more than him, the single counterexample in his servant Flavius, and no resolution.

    • Mohamed Teka says:

      C'est ma première pièce de Shakespeare, l'histoire de Timon est attachante, mais elle est tellement courte qu'il me serait difficile d'en faire un synopsis sans aucun spoilers. Je vous donc invite à tenter cette pièce si comme moi vous n'avez pas lu Shakespeare auparavant, car moi j'ai pu dévorer ce bouquin en très peu temps et ça a m'a poussé à mettre trois autres de ses œuvres sur ma PAL

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