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" Tragedy was not in those times a poem of more general dignity or elevation than comedy; it required only a calamitous conclusion, with which the common criticism of that age was satisfied, whatever lighter pleasure it afforded in its progress. "
Prefaces. The tempest. The two gentlemen of Verona. The merry wives of ... - Page 11
by William Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson, George Steevens, Isaac Reed - 1778
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Mr. Johnson's Preface to His Edition of Shakespear's Plays

Samuel Johnson - 1765 - 72 pages
...were written, which, by changing the cataftrophe, were tragedies to-day and comedies to-rr.orrow. . Tragedy was not in thofe times a poem of more general...elevation than comedy ; it required only a calamitous concluiion, with which the common criticifm of that age was fatisfied, whatever lighter plcalure it...
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The Plays of William Shakespeare in Eight Volumes: With the ..., Volume 1

William Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson - 1765
...which, by changing the cataftrophe, were tragedies to-day, a^l/cqmcdies to-morrow. , . ..._ _...-. ; : Tragedy was not in thofe times a poem of more general dignity or elevation than comedy 5 it Enquired only a calamitous conclufion, with which the common criticifm of that age was fatisfied,...
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Annual Register, Volume 8

Edmund Burke - History - 1766
...plays were written, which, by changing the cataftrophe, were tragedies to-day and comedies to-morrow. Tragedy was not in thofe times a poem of more general...elevation than comedy ; it required only a calamitous conclnnon, with which the common criticifm of that age was fatisfied, whatever lighter pleafure it...
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The plays of William Shakespeare, with the corrections and illustr. of ...

William Shakespeare - 1768
...by changing the cataftrophe, were tragedies to-day and comedies to-morrow. Tragedy was not in thole times a poem of more general dignity or elevation than comedy ; it required only a calamitous conclufjon, with which the common criticifm of that age was fatisfied, whatever lighter pleafure it...
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The plays of Shakespeare, from the text of S. Johnson, with the ..., Volume 1

William Shakespeare - 1771
...plays were written, which, by changing the cataftrophe, were tragedies to-day and comedies to-morrow. Tragedy was not in thofe times a poem of more general...elevation than comedy ; it required only a calamitous conclusion, with which the common criticifm of that age was farisf.ed, whatever lighter pleafure it...
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Miscellaneous and fugitive pieces. ...

Literary Criticism - 1774
...written, which, by changing the Cataftrophe, were Tragedies to-day, and Comedies to-morrow. H 4 Tragedy Tragedy was not in thofe Times a Poem of more general...Pleafure it afforded in its Progrefs. Hiftory was a Species of Actions, with no other than chronological Succeffion, independent of eaph other, and without...
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Miscellaneous and fugitive pieces

Samuel Johnson, Thomas Davies - English literature - 1774
...Plays were written, which, by changing the Cataftrophe, were Tragedies to-day, and Comedies to-morrow. Tragedy was not in thofe Times a Poem of more general...fatisfied, whatever lighter Pleafure it afforded in itsProgrefs. Hiftory was a Species of Actions, with no other than chronological Succeffion, independent...
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Miscellaneous and fugitive pieces, Volume 2

Samuel Johnson - English literature - 1774
...by changing the Cataftrophe, were Tragedies to-day, and Comedies to-morrow. Tragedy was not in thofc Times a Poem of more general Dignity or Elevation...only a calamitous Conclufion, with which the common CriticHm of that Age was fatisfied, whatever lighter Pleafure it afforded in its Progrefs. Hiftory...
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Miscellaneous and Fugitive Pieces, Volume 2

Samuel Johnson, Thomas Davies - 1774
...feem not to have diftinguifhed the three Kinds by any very cixadt or definitive Ideas. fl 4 Tragedy Tragedy was not in thofe Times a Poem of more general Dignity or Elevation than Comedy ; it re-- quired only a calamitous Conclufion, with which the common Criticifm of that Age was fathfied,...
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Miscellaneous and fugitive pieces [chiefly of Johnson, ed. by T. Davies].

Samuel Johnson - 1774
...Plays were written, which, by changing the Cataftrophe, were Tragedies to-day, and Comedies to-morrow. Tragedy was not in thofe Times a Poem of more general Dignity or Elevation than Comedy i it required only a calamitous Conclufion, with which t'ne common Criticifm of that Age was fatisfied,...
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