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" His characters are not modified by the customs of particular places, unpractised by the rest of the world ; by the peculiarities of studies or professions, which can operate but upon small numbers; or by the accidents of transient fashions or temporary... "
The plays and poems of Shakspeare [according to the text of E. Malone] with ... - Page lviii
by William Shakespeare - 1832
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Post-colonial Shakespeares

Ania Loomba, Professor of English Ania Loomba, Martin Orkin - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 308 pages
...Theatre in 1987. For Suzman (who would hardly dispute Dr Johnson's view of Shakespeare's characters as 'the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as the...will always supply, and observation will always find' (Johnson 1968:62)), the play 'shows us a crosssection of most societies', and in the process 'addresses...
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William Shakespeare, Richard II

Martin Coyle - Drama - 1999 - 192 pages
...characters are not modified by the customs of particular places, unpractised by the rest of the world;. . . they are the genuine progeny of common humanity, such...will always supply, and observation will always find. ... In the writings of other poets a character is too often an individual; in those of Shakespeare...
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare

Laurie Rozakis - Fiction - 1999 - 380 pages
...characters are not modified by the customs of particular places, unpracticed by the rest of the world... they are the genuine progeny of common humanity, such...will always supply, and observation will always find. Party Hearty With the three-day Shakespeare Jubilee in 1769, Shakespeare became a full-fledged cultural...
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The Passion for Happiness: Samuel Johnson and David Hume

Adam Potkay - Philosophy - 2000 - 241 pages
...fabulous, equable, and meticulous plays of the French and their eighteenth-century English imitators.30 "His persons act and speak by the influence of those...the whole system of life is continued in motion." "This therefore is the praise of Shakespeare, that his drama is the mirrour of life . . . from which...
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Symplectic Geometry and Mirror Symmetry: Proceedings of the 4th KIAS Annual ...

Kodŭng Kwahagwŏn (Korea). International Conference, Kenji Fukaya - Mirror symmetry - 2001 - 498 pages
...the poet that holds up to his readers a faithful mirrour of manners and of life. His characters ... are the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as...the whole system of life is continued in motion." 'Preface to Shakespeare,' in A Johnson Reader, ELMcAdam, Jr. and George Milne, eds. (New York: Pantheon,...
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Johnson, Writing, and Memory

Greg Clingham - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 222 pages
...of common humanity" - and by the absence of a judgmental perspective in Johnson's appraisal of "the general passions and principles ... by which all minds...and the whole system of life is continued in motion" (Shakespeare 1, 62). It has become axiomatic that Johnson's conception of literature is ethical, for...
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Quotation Marks

Marjorie B. Garber - Literary Collections - 2003 - 306 pages
...by the rest of the world: by the peculiarities of studies or professions, which can operate but upon small numbers; or by the accidents of transient fashions...are the genuine progeny of common humanity such as (he world will always supply, and observation will always find. His persons act and speak by the influence...
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In Arden: Editing Shakespeare - Essays In Honour Of Richard Proudfoot

Ann Thompson, Gordon McMullan - Drama - 2003 - 288 pages
...poet of nature that holds up to his readers a faithful mirror of manners and of life. His characters are . . . the genuine progeny of common humanity such...supply and observation will always find. His persons speak and act by the influence of those general passions and principles by which all minds are agitated.3...
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Radical Tragedy: Religion, Ideology, and Power in the Drama of Shakespeare ...

Jonathan Dollimore - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 312 pages
...disregarding the 'Particular manners' of any one of its diverse cultural manifestations; his characters 'are the genuine progeny of common humanity, such...will always supply and observation will always find'; they exemplify 'those general passions and principles by which all minds are agitated and the whole...
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The Cambridge History of English Literature, 1660-1780

John Richetti - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 945 pages
...nature is reinforced by the pleasure of self-recognition. As Johnson goes on to say, Shakespeare's 'persons act and speak by the influence of those general...agitated, and the whole system of life is continued in motion'.50 In this respect the plays are timeless and placeless, not merely Elizabethan and English,...
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