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By Brian Vickers

ISBN-10: 0415134099

ISBN-13: 9780415134095

The severe Heritage gathers jointly a wide physique of serious assets on significant figures in literature. every one quantity offers modern responses to a writer's paintings, permitting pupil and researcher to learn the fabric themselves.

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Similarly the young Kemble announces that his essay will ‘more effectually serve ethicks’ by analysing Macbeth’s character in comparison with Richard III’s (No. 285). Such explicitly didactic announcements can be found in many of the journal articles. Mrs Griffith, after Richardson the next most highly regarded critic in this period, besides illustrating Shakespeare’s morality at great length, indulges in a vigorous disapproval of the evil characters, such as Proteus, Richard III, or Lear’s daughters (No.

These had not been included in Johnson’s edition of 1765, nor in Steevens’s revisions of it in 1773 and 1778, but when Malone came to issue his two-volume Supplement in 1780 he printed the Sonnets, Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece, The Passionate Pilgrim, and A Lover’s Complaint. Steevens had reprinted the Sonnets in 1766, but 39 INTRODUCTION without commentary: now Malone added a commentary, as he had for the plays, and invited Steevens to supply notes. The result was a running controversy, as Steevens expressed a violent dislike of Venus and Adonis (No.

IV Throughout this series I have presented the history of the critical and theatrical interpretation of Shakespeare as I have traced it in contemporary documents. Rather than tidy schemes, according to which one critical trend neatly replaces another, I have found the existence, side by side, of critical systems which are supposed to have annihilated or displaced earlier ones, but which did not. No major change in the way we think about literature, or anything else, is effected quickly. The end of the eighteenth century has been regarded as the time when an interest in Shakespeare’s plays gave way to an interest in his characters.

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