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" IN order to make a true estimate of the abilities and merit of a writer, it is always necessary to examine the genius of his age, and the opinions of his contemporaries. "
The Plays of William Shakespeare in Ten Volumes: With Corrections and ... - Page 441
by William Shakespeare - 1778
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The dramatic works of William Shakespeare, revised with notes by S ..., Volume 8

William Shakespeare - 1875
...apology for Shakespeare's magic;—in which he says, " A poet, who should now make the whole action of his tragedy depend upon enchantment, and produce the chief events by the assistance of supernatural agents, would be censured as transgressing the bounds of probability, be...
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A Manual of English Prose Literature: Biographical and Critical, Designed ...

William Minto - 1881 - 548 pages
..." in order to make a true estimate of the abilities and merits of a writer, it is always necessary to examine the genius of his age and the opinions of his contemporaries." But this was a perfection-height of critical qualification that indolence would not suffer himself...
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Fraser's Magazine, Volume 25

1842
..." in order to make a true estimate of the abilities and merits of a writer, it is always necc*sary to examine the genius of his age, and the opinions of his contemporaries." He then goes on in a le*s wise vein to propound, — " A poet who should now make tlie whole action...
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Life of Johnson

Thomas Babington Macaulay Baron Macaulay - 1903
...(Rambler?) In order to make a true estimate of the abilities and merits of a writer, it is always necessary to examine the genius of his age and the opinions of his contemporaries. (Observations on Macbeth.) The criticism which would destroy the power of pleasing must be blown aside....
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Johnson on Shakespeare: Essays and Notes

Samuel Johnson - 1908 - 206 pages
...Witches. In order to make a true estimate of the abilities and merit of a writer, it is always necessary to examine the genius of his age, and the opinions of his contemporaries. A poet who should now make the whole action of his tragedy depend upon enchantment, and produce the chief events...
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Notes on Shakespeare's Workmanship

Arthur Quiller-Couch - 1917 - 338 pages
...spirit of his age and the opinions of his contemporaries. A poet who should now make the whole action of his tragedy depend upon enchantment, and produce the chief events by the assistance of supernatural spirits, would be censored as transgressing the bounds of probability, be...
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A History of Modern Criticism 1750-1950: Volume 1, The Later Eighteenth Century

René Wellek - 1981 - 368 pages
...that "in order to make a true estimate of the abilities and merit of a writer, it is always necessary to examine the genius of his age and the opinions of his contemporaries." However, he uses the historical argument largely as an apology for shortcomings and mistakes in older...
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Encyclopedia of Time

Samuel L. Macey - 1994 - 699 pages
...sense spares works like Macbeth from similar degradation: "A poet who should now make the whole action of his tragedy depend upon enchantment, and produce the chief events by the assistance of supernatural agents, would be censured as transgressing the bounds of probability, he...
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Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, Volume 5: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth ...

Bengt Ankarloo, Stuart Clark - 1999 - 340 pages
...present the supernatural, but mainly by camping it up. 'A poet who should now make the whole action of his tragedy depend upon enchantment and produce the chief events by the assistance of supernatural agents', Samuel Johnson perceived, 'would be censured as transgressing the...
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The Making of the English Literary Canon: From the Middle Ages to the Late ...

Trevor Ross, Trevor Thornton Ross - 2000 - 400 pages
...Macbeth: "In order to make a true estimate of the abilities and merit of a writer, it is always necessary to examine the genius of his age, and the opinions of his contemporaries." The gesture could equally be applied the other way, in relation to Shakespeare's reception in the present:...
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