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" Shakespeare is above all writers, at least above all modern writers, the poet of nature; the poet that holds up to his readers a faithful mirrour of manners and of life. His characters are not modified by the customs of particular places, unpractised... "
Prose on Several Occasions;: Accompanied with Some Pieces in Verse - Page 61
by George Colman - 1787
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Mr. Johnson's Preface to His Edition of Shakespear's Plays

Samuel Johnson - 1765 - 72 pages
...fudden wonder are foon exhaufted, and the mind can only repofe on the (lability of truth. Shakefpeare is above all writers, at leaft above all modern writers,...not modified by the cuftoms of particular places, unpradtifed by the reft of the world ; by the peculiarities of ftudies or profeflions, which can operate...
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The Monthly Review, Or, Literary Journal, Volume 33

Ralph Griffiths, G. E. Griffiths - English imprints - 1765
...inftruclive and entertaining. * Shakefpeare, fays he, is above all writers, at lead above all modjern writers, the poet of nature ; the poet that holds...characters are not modified by the cuftoms of particular pbces, unpractiied by the reft of the world ; by the peculiarities of (ludies or profeflions, which...
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Annual Register, Volume 8

Edmund Burke - History - 1766
...fornxlomejudgment, by the following extraft of what Mr. Johnfon fays in favour of his poet. "Shakefpeare is, above all writers, at leaft above all modern writers,...not modified by the cuftoms of particular places, unprafiifed by the reft of the world ; by the peculiarities of iludios or profeflions, which can operate...
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The plays of William Shakespeare, with the corrections and illustr. of ...

William Shakespeare - 1768
...fudden wonder are foon exhaufted, and the mind can only repofe on the ftability of truth. Skakefpeare is above all writers, at leaft above all modern writers,...and of life. His characters are not modified by the cufloms of particular places, unpraflifed by the reft of the world ; by the peculiarities of ftudies...
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The Plays of William Shakespeare: Prefaces. Tempest. Two gentlemen of Verona ...

William Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson, George Steevens - Drama - 1773
...on the (lability of truth. •" - • • Shakefpeare is above all writers, at leaft above all modem writers, the poet of nature ; the poet that holds up to his readers a faithful mirror of manners and of life. His characters are not modified by the cuftoms of particular places,...
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Miscellaneous and fugitive pieces [chiefly of Johnson, ed. by T. Davies].

Samuel Johnson - 1774
...fudden Wonder are foon exhanfted, and the Mind can only repofe on the Stability of Truth. Shakefpeare is above all Writers, at leaft above all modern Writers,...by the reft of the World ; by the Peculiarities of Studies or Profeffions, which can operate but upon fmall Numbers ; or by the Accidents of tranfient...
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Miscellaneous and fugitive pieces, Volume 2

English literature - 1774
...fudden Wonder arc foon exhaufted, and the Mind can only repofe on the Stability of Truth. Shakefpeare is above all Writers, at leaft above all: modern Writers,...not modified by the Cuftoms of particular Places, unpra£lifed by the reft of the World ; by the Peculiarities of Studies or Profeffions, which can operate...
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Miscellaneous and Fugitive Pieces, Volume 2

Samuel Johnson, Thomas Davies - 1774
...Truth. Shakefpeare is above all Writers, at leaft above all modern Writers, the Poet of Nature ; trie Poet that holds up to his Readers a faithful Mirrour...particular Places, unpractifed by the reft of the World j by the Peculiarities of Studies or Profeflions, which can operate but upon fmall Numbers ; or by...
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The Plays of William Shakespeare in Ten Volumes: Prefaces. The tempest. The ...

William Shakespeare - 1778
...above all modern writers, the poet of nature; the poet that fields up to his readers a faithful mirror of manners and of life. His characters are not modified by the \ c^ftoms of particular places, unpradtifed by the reft of the world; by the peculiarities of ftudies...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: The Adventurer. Philological tracts

Samuel Johnson, Sir John Hawkins - English literature - 1787
...iudden wonder are foon exhaufted, and the mind can only repuie on the liability of truth. Sbakefpeare is, above all writers, at leaft above all modern writers,...; the poet that holds up to his readers a faithful mirror of manners and of life. His characters are not modified by the cuftoms of particular places,...
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