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" Dream, which I had never seen before, nor shall ever again, for it is the most insipid ridiculous play that ever I saw in my life. "
An Introduction to Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream - Page 48
by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps - 1841 - 104 pages
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Memoranda on the Midsummer night's dream, A.D. 1879 and A.D. 1855

James Orchard Halliwell- Phillipps - 1879
...Restoration. Pepys, who saw it acted in September, 1662, does not scruple to condemn its insipidity," To the King's Theatre, where we saw Midsummer Night's...insipid ridiculous play that ever I saw in my life." Yet this condemnatory criticism was equalled, if not excelled, by Lord Orford in the following century,...
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Memoranda

James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps - 1879
...Restoration. Pepys, who saw it acted in September, 1662, does not scruple to condemn its insipidity, "To the King's Theatre, where we saw Midsummer Night's...is the most insipid ridiculous play that ever I saw 38 in my life." Yet this condemnatory criticism was equalled, if not excelled, by Lord Orford in the...
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Select Plays; A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare - 1879 - 147 pages
...day, rewarded his constancy by going to the King's Theatre, where, he says, ' we saw " Midsummer's Night's Dream," which I had never seen before, nor...insipid ridiculous play that ever I saw in my life.' Mr. Pepys was perhaps a little difficult to please, and his critical judgement was not final. The Tempest...
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The Life of John Milton: Narrated in Connexion with the Political ..., Volume 6

David Masson - 1880
...in Vere Street. " Which I had never seen before, nor shall ever again," says the irreverent Pepys, " for it is the most insipid ridiculous play that " ever I saw in, my life." Feb. 1662-3 : First performance of Tfie Wild Gallant, a comedy, Dryden's first play : KT in Vere Street....
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Appletons' Journal, Volume 10

Art - 1881
...Adventures of Five Hours," " Othello " was a mean thing ; and "A Midsummer-Night's Dream" he deemed " the most insipid, ridiculous play that ever I saw in my life," etc. When recording his first purchase of a Shakespeare, he shows a strange preference for other authors....
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The Collected Works of Theodore Parker: Critical writings

Theodore Parker - Theology - 1865
...play, but having so lately read the Adventures of Five Hours, it seems a mean thing. Sept. 29th, 1662. To the King's Theatre, where we saw Midsummer Night's...before, nor shall ever again, for it is the most insipid and ridiculous play that ever I saw in my life." Emerson is certainly one " Quern tu, Melpomene, semel...
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The Complete Works of Shakespeare: With a Critical Biography

William Shakespeare, William Michael Rossetti - 1882 - 1008 pages
...spirit of superiority : " September 29, 1662. To the King's Theatre, where we saw Midsummer Nighfs self? .! .;. .. He cannot come, my lord...'Znunds 1 how has be the leisure to be sick [n such a In 1709 appeared the first critical edition of Shakespeare's plays, that by Nicholas Rowe ; he did...
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Shakspere

Edward Dowden - 1882 - 167 pages
...spirit of superiority: "September 29, 1662. To the King's Theatre, where we saw Midsummer Nt.ght's Dream, which I had never seen before, nor shall ever...insipid, ridiculous play that ever I saw in my life." 3. Shakspere Scholarship, 1700-1750. In 1709 appeared the first critical edition of Shakspere's...
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The English Novel and the Principle of Its Development

Sidney Lanier - English fiction - 1883 - 293 pages
...Ghost." And the other is, under Sept. 29th, 1662, " To the King's Theatre, where we saw ' Midsummer's Night's Dream/ which I had never seen before, nor...insipid, ridiculous play that ever I saw in my life." Indeed, if you should wish to see how recently we are out of the range of Aristotle, you have only...
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Shakespeare's Works, Volume 5

William Shakespeare - 1884
...agth, 1662, and thus records the fact in his Diary : " To the King's Theatre, where we saw 'Midsummer's Night's dream,' which I had never seen before, nor...insipid ridiculous play that ever I saw in my life." In 1692 the play was changed into an opera under the title of The Fairy Queen, and performed in London...
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