A History of Shakespearian Criticism - Vol. 1

A History of Shakespearian Criticism - Vol. 1

A History of Shakespearian Criticism - Vol. 1

A History of Shakespearian Criticism - Vol. 1

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This work aims to follow the course of aesthetic opinion on Shakespeare from his own time to the end of 1925 in England, France, and Germany. I have made a selection from the countless works on the subject, and given an exposition of each followed by a commentary. In the exposition I have endeavoured to include only what is characteristic, and in the commentary to place the author historically and estimate his intrinsic worth. I have also extracted from each his most general opinions, and alined and compared them at the close of the chapter, in order to make them yield an aesthetic moral, and thus trace an outer circle of Shakespearian appreciation.

It may be worth recording that the idea was suggested to me by a chance speculation in The Times Literary Supplement (Feb. 5th, 1920) that such a book might prove remarkably interesting--'a kind of epitome of the movements of the human mind through three most eventful centuries'.

My thanks are due to Miss Marian Edwardes, my German translator, for her devoted service; to Professor J. G. Robertson, who kindly gave me advice in my choice of German works; and to Mr. J. M. Robertson, who lent me his copy of Verplanck's edition of Shakespeare--a book I had searched for vainly through the libraries of London.

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