Patterns in Shakespearian Tragedy

Patterns in Shakespearian Tragedy

Patterns in Shakespearian Tragedy

Patterns in Shakespearian Tragedy

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I cannot hope fully to acknowledge the many books and articles on which I have drawn in the following pages. Although I have written in opposition to A. C. Bradley's principal tenets in his influential Shakespearean Tragedy, my great indebtedness to him will be everywhere apparent. I have drawn also upon the writings of E. E. Stoll, and among more recent critics I have learned much from G. Wilson Knight, J. F. Danby and the late Samuel L. Bethell. My debt to Hardin Craig, my former teacher, goes back a long way. I have made some attempt to record more specific indebtedness in the notes, but for the many writers I have omitted this blanket statement must of necessity suffice.

The numbering of the Globe text has been used for all Shakespeare references. To the editors of The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Shakespeare Quarterly, English Studies, Tulane Studies in English and Tulane Drama Review, and to the directors of the New York University Press, publishers of Studies in the English Renaissance Drama; In Memory of Karl J. Holzknecht, I am grateful for permission to re-use some materials already published. Some parts of this book were delivered as lectures in 1959 at the Sorbonne, the University College of North Wales in Bangor, and King's College, London. I am glad of this opportunity to thank Professors Michel Poirier, J. F. Danby, Geoffrey Bullough and their colleagues for the kindness shown me on those occasions. I have gained much from the criticism and suggestions of R. W. Corrigan and R. C. Whittemore of Tulane University, and particularly from those of H. C. Morris, with whom I have had to argue every point along the way. I have profited also from discussions with Miss Enid Welsford of Newnham College, Cambridge. The kindness of T. R. Henn of St. Catherine's has gone beyond the mere reading of the manuscript.

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