Above is a woodcut of John Gower from the title page of "The Painful
Adventures of Pericles Prince of Tyre," by George Wilkins (1608). The
full title reads: "The Painfull Aduentures of Pericles Prince of Tyre,
Being the true History of the Play of Pericles, as it was lately
presented by the worthy and ancient Poet Iohn Gower." Wilkins adapts
this story of incest and adventure from Book VIII of Gower's "Confessio
Amantis" (the Apollonius of Tyre narrative).
You can make out the words "Iohn" and "Gower" just above the poet's
Wilkins may have collaborated with Shakespeare to write the play now
commonly known as "Pericles, Prince of Tyre." John Gower famously
appears as "the Presenter" (narrator) in this play. If you wish, take a
look at some photographs of John Gower as he was portrayed in the Royal
Shakespeare Company's 1958
productions of "Pericles."