Restoration Tragedy, 1660-1720

Restoration Tragedy, 1660-1720

Restoration Tragedy, 1660-1720

Restoration Tragedy, 1660-1720

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It was the writing of the chapter Cleopatra and 'that Criticall Warr' as a separate study which stimulated my curiosity,beyond that of the ordinary cursory reader of Restoration tragedy, to the making of this book. That chapter appeared in a shorter form in The Times Literary Supplement. I was further spurred on by an invitation to write an article on Otway in the same paper when the Nonesuch edition of Otway's works was published. An article on Dryden was also printed in the same place. Though these chapters have undergone a certain amount of expansion and alteration to fit them into the scheme of this book I wish to thank the editor of the Literary Supplement both for the hospitality of his columns and for permission to reprint the articles here.

My thanks are also due, indeed long overdue, to the Delegates of the Clarendon Press and their staff for their unfailing patience and courtesy; and not only for their encouragement, but also for the read assistance they have given me on several occasions.

I should also state that some of the material scattered about the book has appeared in different form in the Introduction to the World's Classics edition of Five Restoration Tragedies.

B D.

October 1929.

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