Pericles, Prince of Tyre Kindle Edition

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“A remarkable edition, one that makes Shakespeare’s extraordinary accomplishment more vivid than ever.”—James Shapiro, professor, Columbia University, bestselling author of A Year in the Life of Shakespeare: 1599
“A feast of literary and historical information.”—The Wall Street Journal

Book Description

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 critical orthodoxies of a corrupt text and divided authorship. Instead they show the play to be a unified aesthetic experience. The result is a view of Pericles far more enthusiastic than that of other editors.

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  • File Size: 1072 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Publisher: (April 3, 2004)
  • Publication Date: April 3, 2004
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1FQG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Pericles, Prince of Tyre, is a fantastic voyage of sea and mind, where nothing is as what it first appears to be, where the worst disasters and the greatest losses are offset by miraculous recoveries and joyous reunions. Both applauded and mocked in its day, Pericles did not appear in the First Folio, possibly because the text was known to be corrupt. The general opinion is Shakespeare wrote the last three acts, while someone else (thought to be George Wilkins) wrote the first two. No matter; it’s a love story wrapped in adventure. We are in drawn in by the riddle, the shipwreck and the wooing, the storm and the loss, and the final reunion of Pericles and Thaisa.

The play involves a lot of travel, reminiscent of the old Rick Nelson song (“I’m a travelin’ man, made a lot of stops all over the world”). That’s what Pericles does, travel by sea and make a lot stops all over the Greek world (Antioch, Tyre, Tarsus, Pentapolis, Mytilene and Ephesus). The story begins with a riddle, propounded by Antiochus, King of Antioch, which Pericles solves. The answer, which no one has found (death is the penalty of failure), is that father and daughter are having an incestuous relationship. Death is the penalty of solving the riddle too, it turns out, and Pericles must escape. Back in Tyre he leaves Helicanus to govern in his absence and sets off for Tarsus where he relieves the famine-stricken city. Still pursued by one of Antiochus’ assassins, he puts to sea once again, only to be shipwrecked on the shore of Pentapolis. A tournament in that fair city is underway, which Pericles wins. He also wins the heart of the king’s daughter, Thaisa (pronounced Ty-eesa). They are married, and when Pericles learns it’s safe to return to Tyre, the two board a ship for his home.
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Aside from people who just plain hate Shakespeare (and I don't get them at ALL), there are two types of Shakespeare Snobs. 1. The ones who think Shakespeare couldn't have written his plays because he wasn't born to nobility. These people are idiots. 2. The ones who idolize Shakespeare to the point where, if they don't like one of his plays, He Obviously Couldn't Have Written It -- he is incapable of writing something they don't like. Um... right. Let's apply this rationale to a latter day artist: since Charlie Chaplin made "The Gold Rush", he obviously had nothing to do with "A King in New York."

Geniuses grow and change with everything they do. The Beatles of "A Hard Day's Night" are not the Beatles of "A Day in the Life." Shakespeare spent his career shifting with the tides of what was Currently Popular. If he had lived in the mid 1970's, he would have followed a "Five Easy Pieces" with a "Star Wars". He rolled with the flow, but stamped his own creativity on every work. "Pericles" and the other later romances were written because that's what the current popular genre was. Box office dictated form; artistry dictated content.

Having recently read "Pericles", I have to say that it's one of the best, wackiest plays ever written. (I also think "Measure for Measure" is meant to be darkly funny, not brooding and angsty; but that's just me.) "Pericles" is what would happen if the writer of the Hee Haw "Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me" song had decided to make a Hope and Crosby Road picture. Unlike Shakespeare's tragic heroes and their Fatal Flaws, Pericles is just a poor schmuck (who happens to be a king) upon whom Murphy's Law comes down like a 50 pound hammer. EVERYTHING happens to this poor guy; your jaw drops at his second or third consecutive shipwreck.
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The listing for the Pelican Pericles includes a Kindle version for $2.51, but if you buy the Kindle version you'll find that it's a product, not the Pelican edition -- no introduction, no notes, nothing but the play text. If you want Kindle and would be satisfied with the bare play text, you'd be better off with the Public Domain Kindle edition that lists for $0.00.
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Now, this is a bad play, and for good reasons many people want to dismiss it from the Shakespeare canon. Paradoxically, this is also what makes it an interesting play to read. Once you are used to Shakespeare, once you understand his language more easily, once you get a good feel for how he manages action and characters, this play screams out to you that something is wrong.

Pericles is a prince who decides to win a bride by attempting to solve a riddle. If he solves it, he wins the princess, if he fails he dies. He solves the riddle, but in so doing he finds out the king is sleeping with his daughter. To avoid being killed, he runs away. He then travels around the Mediterranean, meets a much nicer princess and marries her and conceives a child. He goes back home, but while at sea his wife dies as she gives birth to a daughter, whom he calls Marina. The superstitious sailors insist on throwing her body overboard. You can see where this is going: his wife Thaisa is not really dead.

Anyway at the end and after many years Pericles, his wife, and his daughter are reunited and everyone lives happily ever after (sort of) except for the first king and princess who died offstage before the play was half over.

Many Shakespeare plays have plots as silly as does Pericles. What makes this one so bad? For one thing, the dialogue is too formal and formulaic. Characters do what they are supposed to do, behave as the audience expects them to behave. There is little original thinking in how the play develops. Also, there are simply too many asides where the character explains what they are doing and thinking instead of suggesting it through what they do and what they say to each other.
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