The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0203 Tuesday, 30 January 2001
Date: Friday, 26 Jan 2001 14:14:41 EST
Subject: 12.0190 Re: Johnson's Shakespeare
Comment: Re: SHK 12.0190 Re: Johnson's Shakespeare
I have been holding back on this thread due to the wider knowledge of
those better able to refute the drab protestations at modernity espoused
by T. Hawkes. However perhaps this from Johnson might at least remind
those less zealous than myself of the wider subtlety of Dr. Johnson on
authorship and S's art:
From mere inferiority nothing can be inferred; in the productions of wit
there will be inequality. Sometimes judgement will err, and sometimes
the matter itself will defeat the artist. Of every author's works one
will be the best, and one will be the worst. The colours are not equally
pleasing, not the attitudes equally graceful, in all the pictures of
Titian or Reynolds.
This perhaps could act as advice to us all.