Shakespeare, From An American Point Of View; Including An Inquiry As To His Religious Faith, And…

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1882 Excerpt: ... The period of the authorship of this mighty production of our poet's genius is set down with tolerable certainty at 1604:--in close connection with " Hamlet," " Julius Caesar," " Macbeth," and " Lear." "Around the year 1600," says Dowden, "are groupsd some of the most mirthful comedies that Shakespeare ever wrote. Then a little later, as soon as 'Hamlet' is completed, all changes. From 1604 to 1610 a show of tragic figures, like the kings who passed before Macbeth, filled the vision of Shakespeare.... Having created 'Othello,' surely the eye of the poet's mind would demand quietude, passive acceptance of some calm beauty, a period of restoration. But 'Othello' is pursued by 'Lear,' 'Lear' by 'Macbeth,' 'Macbeth' by 'Antony and Cleopatra,' and that by 'Coriolanus.' It is evident that now the artist was completely aroused." The story of " Othello" was taken from the Italian of Giraldo Cinthio, but Shakespeare can not be said to be indebted to its original author for more than a thin line of narrative, which any one of a hundred of the writers of his time might easily have conceived without much effort. He created all the characters, infused all the passion, supplied all the imagery, and, to use the language of M. Guizot, imparted to the dramatis persona " that creative breath which, breathing over the past, calls it again into being, and fills it with a present and imperishable life; this was the power which Shakespeare alone possessed, and by which, out of a forgotten novel, he has made ' Othello.'" Though our poet names Othello as a Moor, he has not indicated the particular country of his birth; but he seems, by a casual allusion in the fourth act, to assign him to Mauritania, in northern Africa: Rodebiqo. Why then Othello and Desdemona return again to Veni...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1882 Excerpt: ... The period of the authorship of this mighty production of our poet's genius is set down with tolerable certainty at 1604:--in cl...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:164 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.35 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217989934

ISBN - 13:9780217989930

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