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'The Pattern of Painful Adventures' (1576) is a prose novel.David Skeele, 'Pericles: Critical Essays' (2000), p. 66. A later edition, printed in 1607 by Valentine Simmes and published by Nathaniel Butter, was drawn on by William Shakespeare for his play 'Pericles, Prince of Tyre'. There was at least one intermediate edition, around 1595.Laura A. Loomis, 'Medieval Romance in England: A Study of the Sources and Analogues of the Non-Cyclic Metrical Romances' (1969), p. 165.

It was a translation by Lawrence Twine of the tale of Apollonius of Tyre from John Gower's 'Confessio Amantis' (in Middle English verse). It is also said to be translated from a French version. William Henry Schofield stated that Shakespeare used both sources.William Henry Schofield, 'English Literature from the Norman Conquest to Chaucer', p. 306.


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