Louis-Sébastien Mercier, Timon d’Athènes

Edited by Joseph Harris

Critical Texts 82

Modern Humanities Research Association

  Spring 2023

ISBN: 978-1-839542-33-6 (paperback)  •  RRP £12.99, $17.99, €14.99

ISBN: 978-1-839542-34-3 (JSTOR ebook)

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Louis-Sébastien Mercier’s drama Timon d’Athènes (1794) – is a politicised, Revolution-era adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens (c. 1606). The basis of Mercier’s plot is (like Shakespeare’s) disarmingly simple. The originally profligate, philanthropical citizen Timon is repeatedly fleeced by his parasitical friends until, bankrupted, he plunges into bitter misanthropy and leaves his home city to live out the rest of his days in seclusion in a forest, where he is nonetheless repeatedly assailed by unwelcome visitors; the play ends with his death. Besides being of obvious interest to scholars of Shakespeare reception and of eighteenth-century theatre, this edition will allow readers to revisit familiar Enlightenment questions of sociability, politics, virtue, and sensibility from an accessible, historically informed, and dramatically engaging new perspective.

Joseph Harris is Professor of Early Modern French and Comparative Literature at Royal Holloway University of London.

Bibliography entry:

Harris, Joseph (ed.), Louis-Sébastien Mercier, Timon d’Athènes, Critical Texts, 82 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2023)

First footnote reference: 35 Louis-Sébastien Mercier, Timon d’Athènes, ed. by Joseph Harris, Critical Texts, 82 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2023), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Harris, p. 47.

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Harris, Joseph (ed.). 2023. Louis-Sébastien Mercier, Timon d’Athènes, Critical Texts, 82 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Harris 2023: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Harris 2023: 21.

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