An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespear Compared with the Greek and French Dramatic Poets: With Some Remarks Upon the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire
H. Hughs, 1772 - 288 pages
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If it be the chief use of History , to teach Philosophy by Example , this species of
History must be allowed to be the best preceptor . The catastrophe..of these plays
is not built on a vain and idle fable of the wrath of Juno , or of the revenge of ...
and represented them with sentiments and manners agreeable to their historical
characters ; and to those things , which common fame had divulged of them ,
must have engaged the attention of the spectator , and affifted in that delusion of
In these characters the rudest peasant read the sad history of his country : while
the better sort were informed of the most minute circumstances by our chronicles .
The tragedians who took their subjects from Homer , had all the advantage a ...
The learned Sir Thomas More , in his history of Crook'd - Back Richard , tells ,
with the garrulity of an old nurse , the current stories of this king's deformity , and
the monstrous appearances of his infancy , which he seems with superstitious ...
The fable of the French plays is often taken from history , but then a romantic
passion is superadded to it , and to that both events and characters are rendered
subservient . Shakespear , in various nature wife , does not confine himself to any
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The admirers of this Essay may be offended at the slighting manner in which Johnson spoke of it; but let it be remembered, that he gave his honest opinion unbiassed by any prejudice, or any proud ... Read full review