The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0775 Friday, 8 September 2006
From: Michael Luskin <
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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