This facsimile edition of Timon of Athens is taken from the large and handsome book known simply as the ‘First Folio’. This is the earliest collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays and was was printed in 1623, just seven years after his death.
For students of Timon of Athens, going back to these First Folio plays is an essential part of a more complete understanding of Shakespeare's work.
Eighteen of Shakespeare’s plays had already been published in the small, cheap format known as quartos during his lifetime, including such favourites as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. The First Folio added another eighteen, including Macbeth, The Tempest and Twelfth Night all of which are indispensable to the modern repertory. Without the First Folio only half of Shakespeare’s dramatic output would have survived.
Timon of Athens is one of Shakespeare's most difficult plays. It is obscure in subject matter, has gaps in the structure and many even think it unfinished. For those reasons it has been called one of Shakespeare's "problem plays". Critics cannot agree on when it was written.
This is an eBookTreasures facsimile edition.