For those readers who don’t cruise the comments, reader Ren has been on something of a friendly crusade to promote the lesser-known Shakespeare play Timon of Athens. I thought it would be fun to shine to spotlight a bit and give us all an education in why Timon has gotten a bad rap, and why we should revisit.
Some foundation for you to work with, Ren:
A google search of “Timon of Athens” returns 369,000 results. Comparatively, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” returns 21 million. (In Timon’s defense, “Pericles Prince of Tyre” only rings up 72,000 hits.)
According to Amazon, there are 10x as many books on Hamlet as there are on Timon.
IMDB does claim that somebody made a Timon movie in 2009, though no meaningful details about popularity, release dates or box office are available. Before that there was a TV adaptation in 1981, almost 30 years ago. Macbeth? 50+ hits, and that’s just for title match. And that includes one last year, two this year and one next year.
Clearly the world has missed out on this hidden gem. Enlighten. (And please take this challenge in the light-hearted manner it is intended, I’m not trying to be argumentative about it. I’m genuinely curious to shed some light on a play that I’m clearly not alone in not knowing enough about.)