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" I know not that there can be found in his plays any deep search into nature, any accurate discriminations of kindred qualities or nice display of passion in its progress ; all is general and undefined. "
The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. - Page 71
by Samuel Johnson - 1820
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A Short History of English Literature

George Saintsbury - English literature - 1898 - 819 pages
...plays, which is not so extravagant as his encomium of the Pharsalia, admits that there are not in them "any deep search into nature, any accurate discriminations of kindred qualities, or a nice display of passion in its progress. All is general and refined. But his reputation comes from...
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Lives of the English Poets: Smith-Savage

Samuel Johnson - English poetry - 1905
...pass and be gone- — the scene closes, and Pembroke and Gardiner are turned out upon the stage 4. 32 I know not that there can be found in his plays any...except in Jane Shore, who is always seen and heard with pity5. Alicia 6 is a character of empty noise, with no resemblance to real sorrow or to natural madness....
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A History of Modern Criticism 1750-1950: Volume 1, The Later Eighteenth Century

René Wellek - Literary Criticism - 1981 - 368 pages
...called the "local detail" of poetry. He censured the plays of Nicolas Rowe because they do not show "any deep search into nature, any accurate discriminations...passion in its progress; all is general and undefined." 4• He complained about the general praise bestowed indiscriminately by epitaphs, and once he attacks...
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Geschichte der Literaturkritik: Das späte 18. Jahrhundert, das Zeitalter der ...

René Wellek - Criticism - 1978 - 754 pages
...Wimsatt, »Samuel Johnson and Dryden's Du Fresnoy«, SP, 48 (1951), 26—39. 43. Lives, 2, 76: ». . . any deep search into nature, any accurate discriminations...passion in its progress; all is general and undefined.« 44. Proposals for Printing the Dramatick Works of William Shakespeare (1756), Raleigh. S. 4: »......
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