Shakespeare the Dramatist: And Other Papers

Shakespeare the Dramatist: And Other Papers

Shakespeare the Dramatist: And Other Papers

Shakespeare the Dramatist: And Other Papers

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The contents of this book have been selected from the above list and from unpublished writings, and I have attempted to bring together all the existing sections of Una Ellis-Fermor's projected book, Shakespeare the Dramatist. Only one section (VI. 2) has been omitted. A number of admirable articles have been excluded, some because they have been superseded and others because they are on topics which have been treated more effectively elsewhere. Several of the omitted articles are careful surveys of other people's criticism, one is an excellent review of Sir Laurence Olivier's performance as King Lear, another has survived only in translation. Two unpublished lectures have been excluded because the author herself seems to have been dissatisfied with them.

As several of the printed essays were extracted from chapters of the book, and as most of the passages omitted from them would have been restored by the author, it did not seem wise to segregate published from unpublished work.

This book therefore contains the British Academy Shakespeare Lecture, which is a revised version of the first chapter of the projected book and in some sense an outline of the whole, followed by six chapters of the book and the paper on 'Shakespeare and Ibsen' which might also have been included. The text of the printed articles has been followed where possible, except that nearly all the omitted passages have been restored, and that one or two readings have been accepted from the typewritten copies. The early essay on Timon of Athens (with some later annotations) and the paper on The Two Noble Kinsmen, although they would not have been included in Shakespeare the Dramatist, show the applica-

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