William Empson: Essays on Shakespeare

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Cambridge University Press, 29.05.1986 - 246 Seiten
At the time of his death in 1984, the poet and critic William Empson was preparing and revising a collection of his essays on Shakespeare. This collection edited by David Pirie, is a book which the literary world has wanted for over half a century. Here, in a single volume, are major readings of Hamlet and Macbeth; a witty and sometimes impassioned defence of Falstaff, and a new piece on the architecture of the Globe theatre and other Renaissance playhouses, in which Empson explores the problems that the design of contemporary stages posed for a working playwright; there are also essays on the narrative poems, A Midsummer Night's Dream and the last plays. The essays demonstrate the subtlety and agility of Empson's mind, as well as his remarkable breadth of knowledge, while the almost racy wit of his informal prose style argues for a literary criticism which should never become solemn if it is to be truly serious.
 

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Essays on Shakespeare

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Before his death in 1984 Empson revised and expanded these essays, all previously published. In them he argues that the "mysteries'' and "inconsistencies'' found in Shakespeare's works are examples of ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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The narrative poems
1
Falstaff
29
Hamlet
79
Macbeth
137
The Globe Theatre
158
Fairy flight in A Midsummer Nights Dream
223
Hunt the symbol
231
Select bibliography
244
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