Pericles, Prince of Tyre Paperback
Edited by Doreen DelVecchio, Anthony Hammond
Part of the The New Cambridge Shakespeare series
Over the last two decades there has been a resurgence of theatrical interest in Shakespeare's Pericles, which has been rescued from comparative neglect and is now frequently performed.
This development is charted in the introduction to this edition, which differs radically from any other currently available.
Doreen DelVecchio and Antony Hammond reject the current orthodoxies that the text is seriously corrupt and that the play is of divided authorship.
They show how the 1609 quarto has features in common with the first quarto of King Lear, now widely regarded as being based on Shakespeare's manuscript.
Likewise they regard the arguments concerning divided authorship as unproven and misleading.
Instead they show the play to be a unified aesthetic experience.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 226 pages, 15 b/w illus. 1 map
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 22/01/1998
- Category: Shakespeare plays
- ISBN: 9780521297103
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Review by amerynth
"Pericles, Prince of Tyre" was easily my least favorite play by William Shakespeare so far. I didn't know until after reading it that many critics speculate the play was mostly written by a collaborator and not Shakespeare himself. I'm not surprised.... some of the writing was really cringe-worthy... it really lacks the masterful prose of the bard's more famous works.Plot wise, the play is pretty interesting and moves fairly quickly. King Pericles flees his country after finding out an unfortunate secret of a neighboring king, loses his wife, then loses his daughter. If the writing itself had been better, this would have been pretty entertaining.