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p. 889. Timon of Athenslocked

p. 889. Timon of Athenslocked

  • Stanley Wells


Timon of Athens is an unfinished, abandoned text co-written by William Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton. The curiously skeletal text is well worthy of resuscitation for its powerful rhetoric, acute social satire, and the hauntingly beautiful poetry of its later scenes. ‘Timon of Athens’ describes the play as a two-part parable. In the first part, Timon, a wealthy and generous Greek nobleman, realizes that the people he calls his friends are mercenary sycophants who care only for his money. In the second part, Timon exiles himself from Athens and lives as a hermit, cursing mankind, receiving visits from the people he had previously called friends, and eventually seeking refuge in death.

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