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Shakespeare, Co-AuthorA Historical Study of Five Collaborative Plays$
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Brian Vickers

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199269167

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269167.001.0001

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Timon of Athens with Thomas Middleton

Timon of Athens with Thomas Middleton

(p.244) 4 Timon of Athens with Thomas Middleton
Shakespeare, Co-Author

Brian Vickers

Oxford University Press

This chapter reports the history of Timon of Athens and its authorship. Since the play's represented action was not as violent as Titus Andronicus, it offended fewer critics. Middleton also wrote The Revenger's Tragedy. The division of authorship between Shakespeare and his co-author was solidly established by metrical and linguistic studies. With Timon of Athens, the impressive feature of authorship studies from the 1840s to the 1990s is that widely differing methodologies have converged, supporting sound attributions and discrediting others. All these methods agree in assigning to Middleton a substantial part of Timon, and Shakespearians who continue to deny this point risk forfeiting their scholarly credibility.

Keywords:   Thomas Middleton, Timon of Athens, Shakespeare, co-author, authorship

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