A History of English Dramatic Literature to the Death of Queen Anne - Vol. 1

A History of English Dramatic Literature to the Death of Queen Anne - Vol. 1

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A History of English Dramatic Literature to the Death of Queen Anne - Vol. 1

A History of English Dramatic Literature to the Death of Queen Anne - Vol. 1

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The theoretical Introduction with which the First Edition of this book opened has been omitted in the Second, certainly not from any disregard of a most important branch of dramatic studies, but in order to make room for a more ample treatment of various passages in the body of the work. This has been revised throughout, and in parts rewritten. It has, however, seemed well to leave the plan of the whole unaltered, and to abstain from re-casting either general or particular conclusions, except when they have been modified by maturer consideration.

My'sincere thanks are due to the numerous friends who have given me voluntary help towards this new Edition by information, criticism, and encouragement—three forms of literary liberality and goodwill which, as my experience during the last quarter of the century has proved to me, are very commonly associated with one another. The shortcomings, avoidable or unavoidable, in such a book as this, rarely remain a secret to its author,—even in his younger days; but (if I may venture to mention one name in the place of many) the stimulus to effort conveyed by such criticisms as those which the late . . .

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