The Shakespeare Papers Of The Late William Maginn (volume 3)

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byWilliam Maginn

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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.1856 Excerpt: ... ON THE LEARNING OF SHAKESPEARE. in Eraser's Magazine, for September, 1839, was commenced the publication of Dr. Maginn's Papers on Dr. Farmer's "Essay on the Learning of Shakespeare." The writer of this Essay--in which it was contended, at great length and much display, that Shakespeare's knowledge of ancient history and mythology was exclusively drawn from translations--was the Rev. Richard Parmer, D. D., who was born in 1735, was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and died in 1797. He eventually became Vice-Chancellor and Librarian of his Alma Mater, with high preferment in the Church, the most distinguished of which was a Canonry of St. Paul's. His attempt to reduce Shakespeare's scholarship even below the "small Latin and less Greek," which Ben Jonson had slightingly declared to be the extent of Shakespeare's classical learning, was very popular when first published, and has ever since been a text-book to those who contend that the Swan of Avon, deriving nothing from education of a higher order, must rest his claims to immortality solely upon his "native woodnotes wild." Many ardent admirers of Shakespeare have not unwillingly adopted this view of the question--partly from a carelessness in examining the subject by and for themselves, and partly because, the more untutored the great Poet appeared, the more honor might seem to be due to his natural powers, to his almost intuitive power of writing better than all his contemporaries, and to that "imagination all compact" which he possessed in a super-eminent degree. The less he knew from books, is the argument of such, the greater credit due to the greatness of his all-creating, all-adapting, and omniscient mind. It should be borne in mind, however, that, in the age of Shakespeare (as Warton states),...

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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.1856 Excerpt: ... ON THE LEARNING OF SHAKESPEARE. in Eraser's Magazine, for September, 1839, was commenced the publication of Dr. Maginn's Papers ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:118 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.25 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217371159

ISBN - 13:9780217371155

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