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Borges Comment
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0775  Friday, 8 September 2006

From: 		Michael Luskin <
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Date: 		Thursday, 7 Sep 2006 16:46:58 EDT
Subject: 	Borges Comment

Jorge Luis Borges, in his "Writers at Work," fourth series, 1979, said 
that Samuel Johnson was "a far more English writer than Shakespeare. 
Because, if there is one thing typical of Englishmen, it's their habit of 
understatement.  Well, in the case of Shakespeare, there are no 
understatements.  On the contrary, he is piling on the agonies."  He went 
on to say that "Johnson, Wordsworth and Kipling also, I think, they're far 
more typically English than Shakespeare.  I don't know why, but I always 
feel something Italian, something Jewish, about Shakespeare."

Shall we talk about this?

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