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The plays and poems of Shakspeare [according to the text of E. Malone] with ... - Page lviii
by William Shakespeare - 1832
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Stages of History: Shakespeare's English Chronicles

Phyllis Rackin - Drama - 1990 - 256 pages
...by the rest of the world; by the peculiarities of studies or professions, which can operate but upon small numbers; or by the accidents of transient fashions...always supply, and observation will always find.' Celebrating Shakespeare as the universal poet, Johnson ascribed to Shakespeare's representations of...
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Sources of Dramatic Theory: Volume 2, Voltaire to Hugo

Michael J. Sidnell - Drama - 1991 - 292 pages
...by the rest of the world; by the peculiarities of studies or professions, which can operate but upon small numbers; or by the accidents of transient fashions...progeny of common humanity, such as the world will 14 Johnson's eight-volume edition of Shakespeare's plays was announced in 1756 and published in 1765....
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Tom Jones

Henry Fielding - Fiction - 1992 - 413 pages
...Johnson's praise for Shakespeare's characters in his Preface to Shakespeare (1765) was that they were 'the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as the...passions and principles by which all minds are agitated ... In the writings of other poets a character is too often an individual; in those of Shakespeare...
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Working with Shakespeare

Howard Mills - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 247 pages
...faithful mirror of manners and of life', whose characters 'are the genuine progeny of common humanity ... his persons act and speak by the influence of those...and the whole system of life is continued in motion' (ibid., 59). Such talk is jumped on as the very stuff of 'custom and veneration', of Shakespeare-worship...
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O'Neill's Shakespeare

Normand Berlin - Performing Arts - 1993 - 268 pages
...important human concerns. I believe, as did Samuel Johnson before me, that Shakespeare's characters are "the genuine progeny of common humanity, such...world will always supply, and observation will always fmd."14 His statement can be applied to O'Neill too, with some qualifying discussion. And I believe,...
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Dramatic Closure: Reading the End

June Schlueter - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 144 pages
...relevance of Johnson's comments to the reading process becomes apparent when he notices how such characters "act and speak by the influence of those general passions...and the whole system of life is continued in motion" 7 (my emphasis). Through a process of identification and differentiation (Johnson clearly values the...
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Religion, Literature, and Politics in Post-Reformation England, 1540-1688

Donna B. Hamilton, Richard Strier - History - 1996 - 280 pages
...justifies Shakespeare's canonical preeminence. they are the genuine progeny of common humanity . . . His persons act and speak by the influence of those...and the whole system of life is continued in motion . . . Shakespeare has no heroes; his scenes are occupied only by men, who act and speak as the reader...
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The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson

Greg Clingham - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 266 pages
...to generate pleasure for Johnson: "Shakespeare is above all writers . . . the poet of nature. . . . His persons act and speak by the influence of those...and the whole system of life is continued in motion" (Shakespeare, I, 61). Novelists like Richardson and Fielding are "engaged in portraits of which every...
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Samuel Johnson: The Life of an Author

Lawrence Lipking - Biography & Autobiography - 2000 - 384 pages
..."characters are not modified by the customs of particular places, unpractised by the rest of the world . . . they are the genuine progeny of common humanity, such...will always supply, and observation will always find" (7: 62). The world takes over from England. Hence the favor the poet has gained and kept slides into...
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Post-colonial Shakespeares

Ania Loomba, Martin Orkin - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 308 pages
...Theatre in 1987. For Suzman (who would hardly dispute Dr Johnson's view of Shakespeare's characters as 'the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as the...will always supply, and observation will always find' (Johnson 1968:62)), the play 'shows us a crosssection of most societies', and in the process 'addresses...
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