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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Mr . Voltaire has endeavoured to convince his countrymen , that the metaphysics
of love , and the sophistry of politics , are not adapted to the Theatre : but he durst
not bring the story of dipus on the Stage without the addition of a love - intrigue ...
The common interests of humanity make us attentive to every story that has an air
of reality , but we are more affected if we know it to be true ; and the interest is still
heightened if we have any relation to the persons concerned . Our noble ...
... 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 his Imagination , from whence his fympathy with the story muft arise .
As it arises out of the action , it loses itself again in it , and remains not , as in
other writers , an ambitious ornament glittering alone , but is so connected as to
be an useful passage very naturally united with the story . The examples of this
are so ...
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 ...
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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