An Introduction to the Reading of Shakespeare

An Introduction to the Reading of Shakespeare

An Introduction to the Reading of Shakespeare

An Introduction to the Reading of Shakespeare

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As a number of introductory books about Shakespeare have recently appeared, it may be well to state when, and for what purpose, this little volume was originally planned. During the later days of the Great War I was asked to write something which might be helpful to an intelligent reader who had a volume of Shakespeare's plays but had no knowledge of the critical literature about them, and who wanted some preliminary difficulties cleared away and a few suggestions as to fruitful lines of study. The little book was published by Mr. Gerald Duckworth, and from opinions expressed about it I was led to think that it might be useful to a wider circle than I had thought of at first. By the kindness of Mr. Duckworth, to whom my cordial thanks are due, the volume is now reissued in extended form by the Oxford University Press as one of the World's Manuals.

But the little book still keeps to the purpose of its title--An Introduction to the Reading of Shakespeare. It does not seek to compete with Dowden classic Primer; it does not deal with 'the Man' and says little about 'his Stage', the subjects of a well-known volume in this series; it is not a critical commentary upon the individual plays--which I

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