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" He carries his persons indifferently through right and wrong, and at the close dismisses them without further care, and leaves their examples to operate by chance. This fault the barbarity of his age cannot extenuate, for it is always a writer's duty... "
The Dramatick Works of William Shakespeare: Printed Complete, with D. Samuel ... - Page 36
by William Shakespeare - 1802
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A History of Modern Criticism 1750-1950: Volume 1, The Later Eighteenth Century

René Wellek - Literary Criticism - 1981 - 368 pages
...close dismisses them without further care, and leaves their examples to operate by chance. This is a fault the barbarity of his age cannot extenuate; for...always a writer's duty to make the world better, and justice is a virtue independent on time and place." Johnson has been widely admired for this type of...
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Johnson on Shakespeare

Samuel Johnson - 1908 - 206 pages
...wicked ; •, he carries his persons indifferently through right and wrong, and at the close dismisses them without further care, and leaves their examples...cannot extenuate ; / • for it is always a writer's duty_to make the wqrld^ better, and justice is a virtue independant on time or \ . place. The plots...
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Literary Criticism, Pope to Croce

Gay Wilson Allen, Harry Hayden Clark - Literary Criticism - 1962 - 659 pages
...the wicked. He carries his persons indifferently through right and wrong, and at the close dismisses them without further care, and leaves their examples...always a writer's duty to make the world better, and justice is a virtue independent on time or place. The plots are often so loosely formed that a very...
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Sources of Dramatic Theory: Volume 2, Voltaire to Hugo

Michael J. Sidnell - Drama - 1991 - 292 pages
...the wicked; he carries his persons indifferently through right and wrong, and at the close dismisses them without further care, and leaves their examples...always a writer's duty to make the world better, and justice is a virtue independent on time or place It will be thought strange that, in enumerating the...
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William Shakespeare: The Critical Heritage, Volume 5

Brian Vickers - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 568 pages
...the wicked; he carries his persons indifferently through right and wrong, and at the close dismisses them without further care, and leaves their examples...always a writer's duty to make the world better, and justice is a virtue independant on time or place. The plots are often so loosely formed that a very...
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Samuel Johnson and the Culture of Property

Kevin Hart - Literary Criticism - 1999
...care, and leaves their examples to operate by chance'. There is no point appealing to moral relativism, 'this fault the barbarity of his age cannot extenuate;...always a writer's duty to make the world better, and justice is a virtue independent of time or place' (Yale, v1I, 71). To weigh Shakespeare's merits against...
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Anatomy of Murder: Mystery, Detective, and Crime Fiction

Carl Darryl Malmgren - Fiction - 2001 - 210 pages
...[Shakespeare] carries his persons indifferently through right and wrong, and at the close dismisses them without further care, and leaves their examples...always a writer's duty to make the world better, and justice is a virtue independent on time or place. —Samuel Johnson, "Preface to Shakespeare" In Conan...
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The Merchant of Venice: A Guide to the Play

Vicki K. Janik - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 273 pages
...much more careful to please than to instruct, that he seems to write without any moral purpose. . . . This fault the barbarity of his age cannot extenuate, for it is always a writer's duty to make the words better. ... In narration he affects a disproportionate pomp of diction and a wearisome train...
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The Tragedy of King Lear: With Classic and Contemporary Criticisms

William Shakespeare - Literary Criticism - 2008 - 340 pages
...the wicked; he carries his persons indifferently through right and wrong, and at the close dismisses them without further care, and leaves their examples...always a writer's duty to make the world better, and justice is a virtue independent on time or place. The plots are often so loosely formed, that a very...
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