Shakespeare: A Survey

Shakespeare: A Survey

Shakespeare: A Survey

Shakespeare: A Survey

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These essays have already been printed as introductions to the plays for ordinary readers. They so appeared, in no logical order, from 1904 to 1908. The conditions made it natural that they should be discursive rather than systematic; and they must not be taken as representing the application to Shakespeare of a complete critical theory, or even the working out of a single line of critical enquiry. Reading them over again after a long interval, I find myself to have been mainly concerned, now with the objects and limitations of the types of dramatic expression-- chronicle-history, farce, comedy, tragedy, tragi- comedy--as handled by Shakespeare, now with issues more individual to the dramatist, the shifting phases of his pessimistic or optimistic outlook upon life, the apparent reflections, perhaps illusory, of his personal experience upon the mirror of his art. There is little detailed exposition of plot or characterization; still less of attempt to analyze the final mystery of magic words. But for the elimination of a few errors and inconsistencies and a shorter treatment of some of the histories, I have left the matter much as it was written. I daresay that I might write rather differently, here and there, now.

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