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My bibliography includes the titles of all works from which I have derived any material help, and on reference to those titles the abbreviated references of the footnotes will become clear. No mention, however, has been made of the work of Symmes, Les Débuts de la Critique Dramatique en Angleterre jusqu' a' la Mort de Shakespeare, Paris, 1903, which came into my hands after the completion of my study. Both in purpose and scope this book differs from mine. It is chiefly valuable for its contribution of three hitherto unknown criticisms of the drama. His work I have reviewed at length for the Journal of English and Germanic Philology.

I wish to express my sincere thanks to the English professors 'of Yale University for the encouragement and assistance that they have given me in the course of my work.

E. N. S. T.

New Haven, Connecticut,

August 15, 1903.

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PART 1

THE PURITAN ATTACK ON THE STAGE

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