Shakespearian and Other Essays

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 25, 1974 - Literary Criticism - 351 pages
The late James Smith was a polymath scholar and critic, known to a large circle of readers for one or two critical articles of great weight and acuteness. As a busy professor in the University of Fribourg, he published very little more, but was working all his life on two uncompleted books, one on Shakespeare, one on the tradition of English literature. At his death, a good deal was in draft. Originally published in 1974, this volume, edited by Professor E. M. Wilson, presents a coherent body of essays on Shakespeare's comedies, and adds at the end five of the essays for which Smith was already well known. This is more than a literary memorial to a highly self-critical scholar who published little. It is a body of studies which was welcomed and prized by those familiar with Smith's name. New readers meanwhile will find in this principal critical work the expression of a vigorous and sensitive critical mind.
 

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Contents

As you like it
1
Much ado about nothing
24
The Merchant of Venice
43
Alls well that ends well
69
Measure for measure a fragment
104
The Printers Tale
125
The Tempest i Life is a dream
159
Antonio de Eslava
167
Ferdinand and Miranda
220
vn Prospero
229
vin Prospero and Caliban
243
Be cheerful Sir
256
On metaphysical poetry
262
a preliminary survey
279
Baudelaire
301
Croce
322

in The Virginia narratives
173
Caliban
188
The spirits
203
On William Empsons Seven Types of Ambiguity
338
James Smith 19041972
343
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