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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 British Nepos; or, Youth's mirror: lives of illustrious Britons - Page 142
by William Fordyce Mavor - 1816
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Dramatic Closure: Reading the End

June Schlueter - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 144 pages
...relevance of Johnson's comments to the reading process becomes apparent when he notices how such characters "act and speak by the influence of those general passions...and the whole system of life is continued in motion" 7 (my emphasis). Through a process of identification and differentiation (Johnson clearly values the...
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Religion, Literature, and Politics in Post-Reformation England, 1540-1688

Donna B. Hamilton, Richard Strier - History - 1996 - 280 pages
...justifies Shakespeare's canonical preeminence. they are the genuine progeny of common humanity . . . His persons act and speak by the influence of those...and the whole system of life is continued in motion . . . Shakespeare has no heroes; his scenes are occupied only by men, who act and speak as the reader...
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The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson

Brian Friel, Philip Davis, Catherine Neal Parke, Howard David Weinbrot, Paul J. Korshin, Eithne Henson, Robert DeMaria, Robert Folkenflik, Clement Hawes, Fred Parker, Philip Smallwood, Michael Felix Suarez, John Wilshire, Thomas Keymer, Steven Lynn - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 266 pages
...to generate pleasure for Johnson: "Shakespeare is above all writers . . . the poet of nature. . . . His persons act and speak by the influence of those...and the whole system of life is continued in motion" (Shakespeare, I, 61). Novelists like Richardson and Fielding are "engaged in portraits of which every...
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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
...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 as...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
...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 as...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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Coleridge and the Uses of Division

Fellow and Tutor Balliol College Lecturer English Faculty Seamus Perry, Seamus (Lecturer in English Literature Perry, Lecturer in English Literature University of Glasgow), Seamus Perry - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 303 pages
...praised the real-life individuality of Shakespeare's characters; Johnson found an opposite excellence ('In the writings of other poets a character is too often an individual; in those of Shakespeare it is commonly a species': Johnson, 11); and Coleridge's division leads him to both positions...
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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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Shakespeare and Masculinity

Bruce R. Smith - Drama - 2000 - 182 pages
...preface to his edition of Shakespeare (1765) praised the universality of Shakespeare's characters — 'In the writings of other poets a character is too often an individual; in those of Shakespeare it is commonly a species' — he was articulating the principle that informed Betterton's...
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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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