By Stanley Wells, Paul Edmondson
"This quantity offers a profitable choice of some of the best essays from the lengthy and exotic profession of Stanley Wells, probably the most recognized and revered Shakespeare students on this planet. Wells's accomplishments comprise modifying the full canon of Shakespeare performs for the ground-breaking Oxford Shakespeare, and over his lifetime he has made major contributions to debates over literary feedback of the works, style examine, textual thought, Shakespeare's afterlife within the theatre, and modern functionality. the amount is brought by means of Peter Holland, and its thirty chapters are divided into themed sections: 'Shakespearian Influences', 'Essays on specific Works', 'Shakespeare within the Theatre', and 'Shakespeare's Text'. An afterword through Margreta de Grazia concludes the volume"--Provided by way of publisher's website. Read more...
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Furnivall writes characteristically quirky introductions on various topics, supplies a chronology (omitting Titus Andronicus, because ‘Its story is too repulsive to be told in a book for boys and girls’), and sketches the stories of six plays omitted by the Lambs while declaring that ‘for the Histories . . readers must turn to Shakspere’s works’, and opining that Measure for Measure is ‘the gloomiest and most unpleasant of Shakespeare’s comedies’. Furnivall is at his most sympathetic in his comments on the Lambs’ reduction of Shakespeare’s comedy: ‘The odd thing is, that two such humourful folk as Mary and Charles Lamb were, two who so enjoyed Shakspere’s fun, made up their minds to keep all that fun (or almost all) out of his plays when they told the stories of them to boys and girls who so like fun too .
The volume appeared in , during the last years of Queen Victoria, when English soldiers were ﬁghting in South Africa. Patriotic fervour ran high, and Quiller-Couch regarded patriotism as the ‘great lesson’ of Shakespeare’s history plays: indeed, they ‘might almost serve as a handbook to patriotism, did that sacred passion need one’. Unfortunately there was one serious lapse: the portrayal of Joan of Arc (in Henry VI). Again the issue was exacerbated by topicality: this was the period during which Joan was being groomed as a candidate for canonization.
Like other editors of this period, Coyne stresses the moral value not merely of the Tales and of Shakespeare but of the lessons to be learned from Charles Lamb’s ‘self-annihilating devotion . . to the care and tutelage of his sister’, which ‘affords . . one of the most touching and noble incidents in the range of literary annals’. A number of editions around the turn of the century illustrate the growth of character criticism: one of provides ‘Sketches of the Principal Characters’, as does the Oxford and Cambridge edition of .