William Shakespeare: The Critical Heritage, Volume 1

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Brian Vickers
Psychology Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 460 pages
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The Critical Heritage gathers together a large body of critical sources on major figures in literature. Each volume presents contemporary responses to a writer's work, enabling students and researchers to read for themselves, for example, comments on early performances of Shakespeare's plays, or reactions to the first publication of Jane Austen's novels. The selected sources range from important essays in the history of criticism to journalism and contemporary opinion, and documentary material such as letters and diaries. Significant pieces of criticism from later periods are also included, in order to demonstrate the fluctuations in an author's reputation. Each volume contains an introduction to the writer's published works, a selected bibliography, and an index of works, authors and subjects. The Critical Heritage is available as a set of 67 volumes, as mini-sets selected by period (in slipcase boxes) or as individual volumes.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
NOTE ON THE TEXT
21
BEN JONSON on Shakespeare 1623 c 1630
23
LEONARD DIGGES commendatory verses 1640
27
ABRAHAM WRIGHT on Othello and Hamlet c 1655
29
SAMUEL PEPYS on Shakespeare in the theatre 16609
30
SIR WILLIAM DAVENANT from his adaptation of Measure for Measure with Much A Jo February 1662
33
MARGARET CAVENDISH on Shakespeares wit 1662
42
JOHN DRYDEN from All For Love December 1677
163
THOMAS RYMER from The Tragedies of the Last Age 1677
186
JOHN DRYDBN Heads of an Answer to Rymer c 1677
196
THOMAS SHADWELL from his adaptation of Timon of Athens January 1678
204
EDWARD RAVENSCROFT from his adaptation of Titus Andronicus Autumn 1678
238
JOHN DRYDEN from his adaptation of Troilus and Cressida preApril 1679
249
THOMAS OTWAY from his adaptation of Romeo and Juliet SeptemberOctober 1679
295
NAHUM TATE from his adaptation of Richard II December 1680
321

RICHARD FLECKNOE from A Short Discourse of the English Stage 1664
45
SIR WILLIAM DAVBNANT from his adaptation of Macbeth November 1664
47
SIR WILLIAM DAVENANT and JOHN DRYDEN from their adaptation of The Tempest November 1667
76
JOHN DRYDEN from An Essay ofDramatick Poesie 1668
136
JOHN DRYDEN? prologue toJulhu Caesar 1672
141
JOHN DRYDEN on the Jacobean dramatists 1672
142
THOMAS SHAD WELL? from the operatic version of The Tempest adaptation April 1674
153
NAHUM TATB on Shakespeares learning 1680
341
NAHUM TATE from his adaptation of Coriolanus January 1682
386
THOMAS DURFEY from his adaptation of Cymbeline Spring
407
ELK AN AII SETTLE? from the operatic adaptation of A Mid
424
A SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
441
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Brian Vickers is the author of "Francis Bacon and Renaissance Prose, The Artistry of Shakespeare's Prose, In Defence of Rhetoric, Towards Greek Tragedy, "and "Shakespeare: " ""Coriolanus.""

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