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Re: Johnson's Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0045  Tuesday, 9 January 2001

From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Monday 8 Jan 2001 14:05:08 -0500
Subject: Re: Johnson's Shakespeare
Comment:        SHK 12.0036 Re: Johnson's Shakespeare

Don Bloom tells us that 'Johnson was not only remarkably learned but had
tremendous insights'. Such as his remarkably learned conclusion that in
Shakespeare's day, the English were still struggling to emerge from
barbarity, and that Shakespeare found the English stage in a state of
'the utmost rudeness . . . Neither character nor dialogue were yet
understood'?  Or his tremendous insight that 'imperial tragedy' is
always less powerful when performed than when read?

T. Hawkes
 

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