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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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Adolphus William Ward
||246 x 189 x 13mm (L x W x T)
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