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Page 7 - The following will be among the earlier Volumes of the series : — MARLOWE. Edited by HAVELOCK ELLIS. With a General Introduction by JA SYMONDS. MASSINGER. Edited by ARTHUR SYMONS. MIDDLETON. With an Introduction by AC SWINBURNE. BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER (2 vols.).
Page 6 - LTHOUGH a strong and increasing interest is felt to-day in the great Elizabethan dramatists who are grouped around Shakespeare, no satisfactory attempt has hitherto been made to bring their works before the public in a really popular manner. With the exception of such monumental and for most readers inaccessible editions as those of Dyce and Bullen, they have either been neglected or brought out in a mutilated and inadequate form. Some of the most delightful of them, such as Middleton and Thomas...
Page 7 - ... supplied. In no case do the Plays undergo any process of expurgation. It is believed that, although they may sometimes run counter to what is called modern taste, the free and splendid energy of Elizabethan art, with its extreme realism and its extreme idealism —embodying, as it does, the best traditions of the English Drama — will not suffer from the frankest representation. "The admirably selected and edited Mermaid Series of the Old Dramatists.
Page 6 - Shakespeare's, constitute the chief contribution of the English spirit to the literature of the world. The Editors who have given their assistance to the undertaking include men of literary eminence, who have already distinguished themselves in this field, as well as younger writers of ability.
Page 6 - THE OLD DRAMATISTS, UNDER THE GENERAL EDITORSHIP OF HAVELOCK ELLIS. IN the MERMAID SERIES are being issued the best plays of the Elizabethan and later dramatists — plays which, with Shakespeare's works, constitute the chief contribution of the English spirit to the literature of the world.
Page 4 - Had the most daring of our sensational Novelists put forth the present plain unvarnished statement of facts as a work of fiction, it would have been denounced as so violating all probabilities as to be a positive insult to the common sense of the reader. Yet strange, startling, incomprehensible as is the narrative which the author has here evolved, every word of it is true."—Notes and Queries XXV.
Page 17 - A Mummer's Wife, in virtue of its vividness of presentation and real literary skill, may be regarded as in some degree a representative example of the work of a literary school that has of late years attracted to itself a good deal of the notoriety which is a very useful substitute for fame. " — Spectator. " * A Mummer's Wife ' holds at present a unique position among English novels.
Page 3 - is a novel of considerable power. There is not one of the characters which does not become more and more an actual man or woman as one turns the pages. . . . The book is full of humour and the liveliest and healthiest appreciation of the tender and emotional side of life, and the accuracy — the almost relentless accuracy — with which the depths of life are sounded, is startling in the work of an almost unknown writer.
Page 4 - Mr. Sala's best work has in it something of Montaigne, a great deal of Charles Lamb —made deeper and broader— and not a little of Lamb's model, the accomplished and quaint Sir Thomas Brown. These 'Dutch Pictures' and 'Pictures Done with a Quill ' should be placed alongside Oliver Wendell Holmes's inimitable budgets of friendly gossip and Thackeray's 'Roundabout Papers.
Page 7 - ... field, as well as younger writers of ability. Each volume contains on an average five complete plays, prefaced by an Introductory Notice of the Author. Great care is taken to ensure, by consultation among the Editors, that the Plays selected are in every case the best and most representative — and not the most conventional, or those which have lived on a merely accidental and traditional reputation.