The Dream of Learning: An Essay on the Advancement of Learning, Hamlet, and King Lear

The Dream of Learning: An Essay on the Advancement of Learning, Hamlet, and King Lear

The Dream of Learning: An Essay on the Advancement of Learning, Hamlet, and King Lear

The Dream of Learning: An Essay on the Advancement of Learning, Hamlet, and King Lear

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This essay consists of lectures delivered at Oxford in February 1950 at the invitation of the Faculty Board of English. I take this opportunity of expressing my gratitude for the kindness both of the invitation and of the hospitality I received on my visits to Oxford.

The lectures are printed substantially as they were delivered. I have made a number of small changes; and I have printed passages which lack of time forbad me to speak.

The topic of these lectures is in every sense a great one; and I hardly know whether the drastic limits placed upon my treatment of it were to be welcomed or deplored. No doubt they were both. But I could proceed only by trying to concentrate on certain major matters; and I trust that I have not, by unavoidable selectiveness and brevity, unduly abused my theme and my authors.

I wish to express my thanks to three friends: Mr. R. L. Brett, Dr. Stephan Körner, and Mr. Glynne Wickham. Mr. Brett and Dr. Körner have read the proofs and made valuable suggestions; Mr. Wickham has read part of the proofs, and I am very much in the debt of a lecture of his on Troilus and Cressida. What error and misjudgement remains is certainly not their fault. I am also grateful to H. M. C. James for checking and improving my rendering of some passages from the Apology.

D. G. J.

BRISTOL, February 1951 . . .

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