Shakespeare's Poetics in Relation to King Lear

Shakespeare's Poetics in Relation to King Lear

Shakespeare's Poetics in Relation to King Lear

Shakespeare's Poetics in Relation to King Lear

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I have written of Shakespeare because I believe that his plays are more than splendid verse and exciting theatre and the evocation of memorable characters: I think a total experiencing of them, and of the basic principles or poetics on which they depend, involves a reading of the world and man's place in the world that remains essentially true. I have sought, in exploring that opinion, to give as complete an account as I can of the Shakespearean experience, particularly in terms of one play but in general against the context of all of Shakespeare's work and that of the age in which it was created.

I wish to thank for their help Professor Erwin Panofsky of The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; my colleague, Professor Alan S. Downer; and the staff of the British Museum; the Bodleian Library; the Firestone Library, Princeton University; and the Houghton Library, Harvard University. My work has been generously supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, and Princeton University, which designated me a Junior Fellow of the Council of Humanities.

This book is for George Frost who, though he deplored so much writing on Shakespeare, would perhaps have accepted one book more, as from a friend.

RUSSELL A. FRASER

London, 1961 . . .

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