The Oxford Shakespeare: Pericles

William Shakespeare
Edited by Roger Warren
Published by Oxford University Press

One of Shakespeare's most confounding plays. Co-written with George Wilkins, its tragic story is lightened by a dynamic cast of characters and their risque dialogue. Published by Oxford University Press.

Virtue and vice, truth and falsehood, chaos and harmony: all are presented in absolute terms in Pericles, Prince of Tyre. Jointly written with George Wilkins, this is one of Shakespeare’s most unusual plays. When Pericles discovers a dangerous secret at the court of Antiochus, he must flee for his life. Shipwrecked at Pentapolis, he is rescued and weds the Princess Thaisa. When told that his wife has died in childbirth, Pericles gives the infant Marina away, but his despair is compounded when he discovers that she too has apparently died – a grief that renders him speechless. 

An intriguing tragicomedy, Pericles shares much with other late Shakespearean plays such as The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale: vengeance of the gods, familial love, and the miraculous power of redemption. What sets it apart is the play’s dynamic and ribald narrative that made it one of the most popular plays in the canon in Shakespeare’s lifetime.

Fully bound in buckram with a printed paper label on front and gold blocking on spine
Head and tail bands, coloured endpapers
8¾ x 5½ inches
320 pages printed on Caxton Wove Off-White paper
Published by Oxford University Press

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