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Folger Shakespeare Library: the world's leading center for Shakespeare studies.

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- Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
- Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
- Scene-by-scene plot summaries
- A key to famous lines and phrases
- An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
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Paperback, 245 pages
Published October 11th 2005 by Simon Schuster (first published 1606)
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Bill  Kerwin
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was ok

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, but not in the way late Shakespeare is often difficult (an extraordinary concentration and richness of language). but because it is poorly constructed (or reported) and makes little or no sense, parti
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Ted
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays, elizabethan
To sing a song that old was sung,
From ashes ancient Gower is come,
Assuming man’s infirmities
To glad your ear and please your eyes.



By any measure available here on goodreads, this is one on Will’s worst plays. In terms of the average rating from my friends (3.0) it’s only beaten (on the downside) by the 2.75 of Cymbeline. Probably has something to do with the fact that it isn’t one of Will’s plays. Wasn’t included in the First Folio of 1623 (even though it had been printed during his life with hi
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Manny
Preface

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 around 2013.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre (abridged version)

ANTIOCHUS: Here's a riddle: if you can't guess, I'm going to kill you. What goes on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon and three legs in th
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Bram
Jul 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, the-bard
Pericles achieves a sense of scene-hopping adventure unequaled in Shakespeare’s repertoire, and as a perhaps inevitable corollary, it is also the play that most strains credulity, The Winter’s Tale notwithstanding. The dei ex machina arrive in the form of dream instructions, magical healings, and a pirate kidnapping. And yet, like Pericles with his Neptune-defying navigations, we can weather the plot. What is less easy to settle into is the variation in writing quality. While Shakespeare probabl ...more
Rory
Jun 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
a shakespeare play with gratuitous pirates and a prostitute who talks men into finding religion - what's not to love?
Wanda
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Probably not one of the best among Shakespeare’s plays, this romance is still quite enjoyable. The version which I saw was recorded in 2015 at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Stratford, Ontario, Canada). It was extremely well acted and the presentation was beautiful. Instead of employing John Gower as a narrator, a chorus of priestesses of Diana were introduced. Some of the narration was even beautifully sung, a touch which I loved.

Many of the themes that Shakespeare was interested in make
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Laura
From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:
A gripping new production of one of Shakespeare's later and least performed plays, Pericles, in which murder, incest, intrigue, shipwrecks and prostitution tear King Pericles' family apart.

Adapted for radio and directed by acclaimed British theatre writer/director Neil Bartlett with a multicultural cast including opera legend Sir Willard White as Gower, the RSC's rising star Paapa Essiedu as Pericles and renowned British film actress Adjoa Andoh as Dionyza. A Greek
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Buck
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: histrionics
Ben Jonson called this a 'moldy tale'. He was being charitable. It's rank Jacobean cheese.

The author, who wrote some fairly successful plays in the 1590s, never really lived up to his early promise. Sad.
Lily Calder
Nov 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: plays, owned
Aaaand that's it. I have read every single Shakes play. *punches the air*
Robert
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
I would guess this is a pretty obscure, rarely performed Shakespeare play these days, but back in his day it was really popular and it was revived quickly later in the 17th Century when the theatres re-opened after the plague had closed them. This shows a fairly big shift in taste, because Pericles is a pretty faithful adaptation of a prose Romance that is akin to Mediaeval Saintly Lives Romances, complete with preposterous plot with numerous ridiculous coincidences, exiled/orphaned/mistaken for ...more
Metin Yılmaz
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre
Kral Pericles'in en sevdiklerini kaybetmesini ve sonrasında onları geri bulmasını anlatan bir tiyatro eseri. Shakespeare'in diğer eserleri gibi bir ün kazanamamış olmasına rağmen beğeni ile okuyabileceğiniz türden bir kitap.
Mike
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: plays, classics
As with any play, enjoyment is dependent, more or less, on the actors you might listen to as you read. The ones in the old BBC telecast are pretty good.
Ana Rînceanu
This made no sense to me and I like Shakespeare. I can see why this is not taught in school. Pericles, king of Tyre, discoveres Antiochus, king of Antioch, is having an incestuous relationship with his daughter. He runs away to avoid getting murdered, (view spoiler) ...more
Shannon
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I find it amazing that even though I didn't know anything about this play going in, it still managed to surprized me over and over again. Structurally a bit different that the Shakespeare I've read so far as every act opens with a prologue and sometimes there is also a "dumb show" of speechless action, both of which help add to the lightning speed progression of years between acts. In a way, it almost feels like a soap opera with huge amounts of time passing and quite implausible things happenin ...more
Marty Reeder
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was done with Shakespeare for the season, having had my fill with my book club’s own competition to read—as a team—all the works of Shakespeare before the other teams. Then we were getting down to the wire and only had a couple more plays to read, so I tossed aside any hesitance and figured that I could stomach one more for the good of the team. The only one left unassigned? You guessed it: Pericles.

I figured there was probably a reason some people didn’t jump to read this one, and the first p
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Sarah
Feb 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: drama
Thanks to the miracle of scenery, this Shakespeare play (I use the term loosely, as it seems he only wrote about the first nine scenes) is easily the most ridiculous of his works. It contains most of the features that mark his romance period: tragic coincidence, daring rescues, magical intervention and poignant reunions.

The main difference here being, this play acts a lot like a travelogue. Since the artists of Shakespeare's time were starting to use sets to define location, this play makes full
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Leslie
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, plays
I'm not sure what to think about this play. It had been listed as one of Shakespeare's comedies but it didn't strike me as humorous. In fact, despite (view spoiler), I found much of the subject matter upsetting.

The play starts with the young prince of Tyre, Pericles, searching for a bride. He visits a neighboring kingdom but unfortunately the beautiful daughter of the king is in an incestuous relationship with her father. Per
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Cindy Rollins
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was a reread for me so I knew what I was getting into. In my efforts to read the whole of Shakespeare's cannon I made the mistake of trying to read this out loud to the kids several years ago. The first scene put an end to that as it is about incest. The rest of the play reads more like a lesser Winter's Tale. I often wonder how these things came about in Shakespeare's mind. It appears he only collaborated on this one so maybe A Winter's Tale was his own improvement minus the incest.

As to
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Julie
This adventure on the high seas definitely reads more like The Odyssey than the typical Shakespeare play. It also has some Job-like qualities, unfolding tragedy after tragedy until the very end, when finally happiness wins the day.

I can't forget to mention that THIS PLAY IS CRAZY! It bounces between six countries, and every possible convention is thrown in along the way: incest! ship wreck! murderous plot (foiled, of course)! dead wife comes back to life! prostitution! PIRATES!!

A fun, if a litt
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Claire Scorzi
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
10º dia do Mês da Leitura Mágica.
10ª leitura concluída!
Uma lindeza! Fofo, fofo, megafofo! ^^
Mayyah
Jan 20, 2017 added it
Recommends it for: people who are afraid of shakespeare but want to read his works
Very accessible, short and sweet and happy. Fairly simple, which means I can probably tease out the genius and wordsmithery if I delve deeper, without feeling overwhelmed.
Katie Grace
Feb 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
Seeing this play with my aunt tomorrow! I'm excited -- watching Shakespeare is very different than reading Shakespeare. :P
Jim
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, reread
I re-read this play co-authored by William Shakespeare and an unknown dramatist because it figured in a great New Wave film by Jacques Rivette called Paris nous appartient (1961). It is by no means the Bard's greatest comedy, and it takes place all over the Eastern Mediterranean: in Tyre, Ephesus, Tarsus, Antioch, Pentapolis, and Mytilene.

Pericles (unrelated to the Athenian leader of the same name) is a king who learns the correct answer to a riddle, whose answer is that Antiochus, King of Antio
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Maan Kawas
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautiful play by Shakespeare about loss and reunion with loved ones. The play addressed various themes and points, such as loss of dear ones, reunion, virtues vs. vices, the complex nature of love and various forms human love may take, including incest.
Alexander Rolfe
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Pericles has a wild plot-- I never knew what was coming. I think this would be a fun one to see performed.
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
King Antiochus declares that any suitor for his daughter's hand in marriage must first answer a riddle, and if the suitor answers incorrectly, he forfeits his life. Everyone has failed to answer the riddle, until Prince Pericles comes along, and figures out that the riddle means that Antiochus is committing incest with his daughter.

Enraged at being found out, Antiochus tries to have Pericles assassinated, and Pericles flees to the sea. A storm wrecks his ship and he is cast ashore with only hi
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Ben Dutton
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pericles, Prince of Tyre is one of William Shakespeare’s last plays. Dated to around 1607 or 1608, the play tells the story of Pericles, a prince, who over the course of the play is married, loses his wife and daughter, only to be reunited with them many years later. It also features pirates, prostitutes, incest and a princess forced prostitute who converts men to religion: everything is in this is so modern, and yet so completely of another world that it is hard to believe it is old as it is.

Qu
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Núria
Otra de las obras "problemáticas" de Shakespeare. Yo no lo sabía al principio, la cogí esperando que fuera una tragedia de las típicas, pero antes de terminar al primer acto ya sabía yo que allí olía a chamusquina. Y una vez he terminado, me leo el prólogo (siempre después, nunca antes), y me cuentan de que si hay trozos (actos enteros, de hecho) que probablemente no escribió Shakespeare y que está muy corrompida y blablabla rollorollo. Y se nota, la verdad. Es muy rara, porque es una historia d ...more
Ibis3
Dec 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Shakespeare
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