Shakespeare and Classical Antiquity: Greek and Latin Antiquity as Presented in Shakespeare's Plays (Crowned by the French Academy)
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A few words to explain why it has been thought well to add, to the already overwhelming number of Shakespeare studies, this translation of the first part of M. Stapfer's "Shakespeare et l'Antiquite," seem not uncalled for in these days, when Shakespeare criticism has already reached such huge proportions as to cause its very name to be received with a half weary, half impatient sigh.
We have heard a good deal lately of German commentators on Shakespeare, but no word has for a long time come to us from France - that land peculiarly famed for literary skill and for acute and delicate criticism; and, therefore, to hear what one of the first French literary critics of the day has to say concerning our great English poet can hardly fail to be of great interest and value.
Moreover, the subject of M. Stapfer's book - not Shakespeare, but Greek and Roman antiquity as represented in Shakespeare's plays - invests it with a special character, and offers many fresh and suggestive points of view; the comparative smallness of the framework admitting also of a more minute and thorough mode of treatment than would otherwise be possible.
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