Those Nut-Cracking Elizabethans: Studies of the Early Theatre and Drama

Those Nut-Cracking Elizabethans: Studies of the Early Theatre and Drama

Those Nut-Cracking Elizabethans: Studies of the Early Theatre and Drama

Those Nut-Cracking Elizabethans: Studies of the Early Theatre and Drama

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Now that the bell has rung for the last lap in a long life of ardent seeking after the solutions to many mysteries, I am warned to enter betimes upon a course of stocktaking with the view of determining what among the host of my scattered writings can be justifiably snatched from Oblivion's maw. A difficult task, this sifting, for a good deal more than mere chaff has to be discarded. As tiller of the ploughed lands as well as of virgin soil, it is the business of the historical investigator to eradicate the weeds of Fallacy, no matter how gorgeously coloured, and to make two facts grow where only one grew before. Nothing of his that fails to achieve one or other of these aims or to contribute materially towards that end is worthy of preservation. Accordingly, self-criticism in these matters must be vigilant, for it is with most writers as with most mothers, the weaklings of the brood are apt to be the best beloved. I can only hope, therefore, that in selecting for preservation the present sheaf of Elizabethan studies I have nowhere shown any undue partiality.

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