James Shirley, Dramatist: A Biographical and Critical Study

James Shirley, Dramatist: A Biographical and Critical Study

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James Shirley, Dramatist: A Biographical and Critical Study

James Shirley, Dramatist: A Biographical and Critical Study

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To eliminate at least a few of the inaccuracies of fact and inference that have perverted previous accounts of Shirley's life; to remove the popular impression -- fostered by many a better critic than Charles Kingsley -- that Shirley is merely a contributor to the comedy of manners at its worst; to trace Shirley's development as a dramatist from the realistic to the romantic school; and to show the quality of his work not merely in the comedy of manners and of humors but notably in dramatic romance, in romantic comedy, and in romantic tragedy: such, in the fields of scholarship and appreciation, is the endeavor of this biographical and critical study of the principal dramatic poet of the reign of Charles the First.

Begun under the inspiring influence of Professor William Peterfield Trent, continued under the friendly oversight of Professor William Witherle Lawrence, and completed under the searching criticism of Professor Ashley Horace Thorndike, the work here submitted is the result of many satisfying hours of labor in the graduate school of Columbia University.

To these gentlemen preëminently, and to the other . . .

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