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A History of English Dramatic Literature to the Death of Queen Anne Volume 2 (Paperback) Loot Price: R373
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A History of English Dramatic Literature to the Death of Queen Anne Volume 2 (Paperback): Adolphus William Ward

A History of English Dramatic Literature to the Death of Queen Anne Volume 2 (Paperback)

Adolphus William Ward

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...Pope's sneer (see Preface to his edition) that ' Players are just such judges of what is right, as Taylors are of what is graceful;' though players might retort, that literary men have in this case sinned as emphatically as stage-managers. ' A fair example of the spirit in which the society of the Restoration age regarded Shakspere may perhaps be found in Pepys, who certainly had his wits about him, and who moreover confesses (Diary, December to, 1663) that his 'nature was most earnest in books of pleasure, as plays;' among which he mentions Shakspere's. He notes the performance of several Shaksperean plays witnessed by him; of most he approves, to others he takes exception. Thus he thought Macbeth 'a pretty good play' (November 5, 1664); and again, 'a most excellent play for variety' (December 28, 1666); and again (here his criticism is more elaborate than usual), 'a most excellent play in all respects. but especially in divertissement, though it be a deep tragedy; which is a strange perfection in a tragedy, it being most proper here, and suitable' (January 7, 1667). With Hamlet he was ' mightily pleased' (August 31, 1668). On the other hand, he considered Midsummer Night's Dream ' the most insipid ridiculous play that ever he saw in his life' (September 25, 1662); and the Merry Wives 'did not please him at all, no part of it' (August 15, 1667).. Othello he had ' ever heretofore' esteemed a mighty good play, but having so lately read The Advmlures of Five Houres, ' it seems a mean thing ' (August 20. 1666). This was the result, moreover, not of seeing but reading Othello. I may add that, as Mr. Toller has pointed out to me, in...

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Imprint: Rarebooksclub.com
Country of origin: United States
Release date: April 2013
First published: April 2013
Authors: Adolphus William Ward
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 13mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 466
ISBN-13: 978-1-152-30369-0
Categories: Books
LSN: 1-152-30369-4
Barcode: 9781152303690

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