The Still Lion; An Essay Towards The Restoration Of Shakespeare's Text

Paperback | January 3, 2012

byClement Mansfield Ingleby

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1874. Excerpt: ... AN EXAMINATION AND DEFENSE OF CERTAIN WORDS AND PHRASES IN SHAKESPEARE, WHICH HAVE SUFFERED THE WRONGS OF EMENDATION. HE three foregoing chapters are intended rather for warning than for the value of the criticisms which they contain. Let us now apply ourselves to a selection of passages, which have received the doubtful benefit of conjectural emendation. Our warning has been somewhat prolix; but our best excuse will be found in the treatment to which portions of the text of Shakespeare have been subjected at the hands of his censors and critics. So capricious are the objections preferred against particular words and phrases, that it is a sheer impossibility to anticipate them. Accordingly the antiquarian of the English Language, who essays the vindication of the old text, labours under an immense disadvantage. To learn the acknowledged peculiarities and difficulties of that text is a labour of love; and to store them up and retain all the salient points of Shakespeare's phraseology in an ever ready and lively memory, is but a light prelude to the business that is to follow. With these matters ever consciously before him--' full of eyes before and behind'--the critic wades through a huge store of the literature of the 16th and 17th centuries, noting clown every word, phrase, and allusion, which can by any possibility throw light on the text of his venerated author. This is the toil which has been achieved by all the leading editors from Steevens to Dyce, with a few exceptions, which it is as well to forget. Fit propaedeutic is such a course of study and discipline to the more genial and graceful duties of verbal criticism! The labour achieved, the preliminary requirement complied with at the cost of much time and effort, some vain reader, of blissful ignorance but of lively fancy, c...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1874. Excerpt: ... AN EXAMINATION AND DEFENSE OF CERTAIN WORDS AND PHRASES IN SHAKESPEARE, WHICH HAVE SUFFERED THE WRONGS OF EMENDATION. HE three foregoing chapters are inte...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.08 inPublished:January 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217107427

ISBN - 13:9780217107426

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