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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 Creation of the Modern World: The Untold Story of the British Enlightenment

Roy Porter, Former Professor of the Social History of Medicine Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine Roy Porter - 2000 - 727 pages
...stage the supernatural, but chiefly 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,' pondered Samuel Johnson, his finger as ever on the cultural pulse,...
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The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson

Jack Lynch, John T. Lynch - 2003 - 224 pages
...abilities and merit of a writer," he writes in his Observations on Macbeth (1745), "it is always necessary to examine the genius of his age, and the opinions of his contemporaries"; almost four decades later, he writes in the Life ofDryden (1779), "To judge rightly of an author we...
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