Pre-Restoration Stage Studies

Pre-Restoration Stage Studies

Pre-Restoration Stage Studies

Pre-Restoration Stage Studies

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My aim in this book is to enlarge the Elizabethan scholar's horizon by helping him to climb certain craggy peaks of knowledge, all of which are trackless and most of them untrodden. The studies it comprises have been selected for the purpose from two courses of lectures I had the honour of giving concurrently, by gracious invitation, at Harvard University and Radcliffe College in the first half of the academic year 1925-26. In the majority of these new ground is broken, not, I hope, without the bringing to light of some treasure-trove. All have been carefully revised and minutely documented, and one or two have been amplified. I have not deemed it advisable to eliminate each and every token of the basic lecture form, since the lecture form, though not without its blemishes when solidified in cold print, permits at difficult moments a simplicity and clarity and directness of statement for whose absence no added literary grace can compensate.

Though private acts of friendship do not call for public acknowledgement, I should deem myself churlish and ungrateful were I to remain silent regarding the generosity of my old collaborator, Mr. Walter H. Godfrey, in supplying me with a pen-and-ink sketch and a ground plan of the yard of the venerable New Inn at Gloucester, both of which are essential for a proper understanding . . .

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