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illustrated.1875 Excerpt: ... THE UNITIES IN THE PRESENT CENTUR Y,
AND IN ENGLAND. JjOR three hundred years, then, in Italy, and for
two hundred in France, the dramatic unities reigned supreme. It
was, too, strangely enough, in Italy, the country where they had
had their rise, that the first movement was made to throw off their
authority. As Trissino's "Sophonisba" had been the first piece
written in accordance with i the unities, so Manzoni's " II Conte
di Carmagnola" was the first written in defiance of and in
opposition to them. This play was produced in the year 1820, and
from the fact of its being an attempt to overthrow the old
established theories, immediately attracted wide notice. On these
grounds, it was mentioned favourably by G6the, who, in his
criticism of the piece, says--"In his preface the writer farther
plainly declares that he has torn himself loose from the severe
ordinances of time and place. He quotes August Wilhelm von
Schlegel's writings on the subject as conclusive, and points out
the injurious effects of the painfully constrained treatment of
subjects, which has obtained up to the present time. It is true,
that, so far, a German finds nothing which he did not know before;
he sees nothing which he would wish to contradict. But,
notwithstanding, Manzoni's remarks are worthy of all consideration
on our part. For, although this subject has for years been
thoroughly discussed-and thoroughly disputed in Germany, yet an
intelligent man who finds himself impelled to defend a good cause
afresh, and under other circumstances, will always discover a new
aspect of the question from which it ought to be regarded and
appraised, and will endeavour to weaken and to combat the arguments
of his opponents by adducing new considerations. So, too, our
author brings forward much whic...
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