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William Shakespeare

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Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a Jacobean play written at least in part by William Shakespeare and included in modern editions of his collected works despite questions over its authorship, as it was not included in the First Folio. Modern editors generally agree that Shakespeare is responsible for almost exactly half the play—827 lines—the main portion after scene 9 that follows the story of Pericles and Marina. Modern textual studies indicate that the first two acts of 835 lines detailing the many voyages of Pericles were written by a mediocre collaborator, which strong evidence suggests to have been the victualler, pander, dramatist and pamphleteer George Wilkins. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I a true prince.


SCENE III. Tyre. An ante-chamber in the Palace.

[Enter Thaliard.]

THALIARD. So, this is Tyre, and this the court. Here must I Kill King Pericles; and if I do it not, I am sure to be hanged at home: 'tis dangerous. Well, I perceive he was a wise fellow, and had good discretion, that, being bid to ask what he would of the king, desired he might know none of his secrets: now do I see he had some reason for 't; for if a king bid a man be a villain, he's bound by the indenture of his oath to be one. Hush! here come the lords of Tyre.

[Enter Helicanus and Escanes, with other Lords of Tyre.]

You shall not need, my fellow peers of Tyre,
Further to question me of your king's departure:
His seal'd commission, left in trust with me,
Doth speak sufficiently he 's gone to travel.

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Although superficially similar in form, most scholars do not consider that the Abridged Pericles belongs to the Madelinian Canon; the most plausible theory holds that it was partly or wholly composed by an imitator, possibly a Manfred Reiner (the spelling is uncertain), who lived in Geneva ar

“Tell thy story.” (3.5 stars)

PERICLES is an episodic play, very Dickens like in its large cast of characters, sprawling locales, and spanning many years. The first two acts of the play are generally considered to have been written by George Wilkins, and one can clearly see Shakespeare’s pen at work

Brodolomna, osvetoljubiva i senzacionalistička pozorišna avantura, puna intriga, spletki, mimoilaženja i gonjenja, rastanaka i sastanaka. Od incesta koji se otkriva rešavanjem zagonetke, turnira kao borbe za žensku ruku, preko živopisnih pirata* koji odvode Periklovu ćerku u roblje ili Džona Gavera,

This was fucking bananas and by no means Shakespeare’s most accomplished or most coherent work (which would make sense, given that he only coauthored it) and it felt like it was trying to be 12 different plays (of 12 different genres) crammed into one, but my god I enjoyed it SO MUCH? I think this i

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The first half (maybe three-fifths) of "Pericles" contains the worst writing found in any Shakespeare play. Fortunately for Shakespeare's reputation, he didn't write it: some hack--probably the ephemeral George Wilkins--is responsible instead. Much of the verse of the first three acts is difficult,

Man on the Run
4 November 2017

Well, I believe that I've got seven plays, and the poems, and I would have read all of Shakespeare's extant works. While I do have a copy of his complete works sitting in my lounge room, a part of me doesn't want to read it, first of all because it is a huge volume and

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