The Genesis of Hamlet

The Genesis of Hamlet

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The Genesis of Hamlet

The Genesis of Hamlet

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Every intelligent tyro at Yale made a point of hearing Professor Charlton Lewis lecture on English poetry. What drew us was less often any particular curiosity about the subject to be discussed than the delight we had in watching the play of his winnowing mind as he would deftly pick through some mountainous heap of controversy and conjecture, in order to display at the end of the hour a lustrous little handful of the relevant truths. His lectures seemed short, and were usually, I suppose, shorter than other men's, for he was very skilful at avoiding bogs and was never caught floundering by the closing bell. His books also are remarkably compact and clear. Who else could have written so sound and memorable an account of "The Beginnings of English Literature"--from the earliest Saxon monuments to the Renaissance--in one hundred and eighty- eight pages? With more robust health he would doubtless have written more and investigated more copiously, but to those who knew him his reading . . .

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