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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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Copp’d Hills Towards Heaven Shakespeare and the Classical Polity

Howard B. White - History - 1970 - 156 pages
...characters are not modified by the customs of particular places, unpracticed by the rest of the world His persons act and speak by the influence of those...character is too often an individual; in those of Shakespeare it is commonly a species.20 Whether a knowledge of nature, in Johnson's sense, designates...
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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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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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Quotation Marks

Marjorie B. Garber - Literary Collections - 2003 - 306 pages
...interest in them." For Johnson, Shakespearean characters transcend the time-bound and the temporary. They are "the genuine progeny of common humanity, such...always supply, and observation will always find." Thus they are exemplary, and, in the profoundest sense, ethicaL What did Johnson think of Shakespeare's...
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Shakespeare, Spenser and the Contours of Britain: Reshaping the Atlantic ...

Joan Fitzpatrick - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 182 pages
...operate but upon small numbers; or by the accidents of transient fashions or temporary opinions: they are the genuine progeny of common humanity, such as...character is too often an individual; in those of Shakespeare it is commonly a species. (Johnson 1765, viii-ix) The notion that Shakespeare depicts the...
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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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The Poetry Handbook

John Lennard - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 448 pages
...influence of thoie general paííions and principles by which all minds are agitated, and the whole fyftem of life is continued in motion. In the writings of...poets a character is too often an individual ; in thoie of Shakefpeare it is commonly a ipecies. It is from this wide exteniion of defign that io much...
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Ästhetische Subjektivität: Romantik & Moderne

Lothar Knatz, Tanehisa Otabe - Aesthetics - 2005 - 290 pages
...des Klassizismus im 18. Jh., erwähnen. Er verteidigt Shakespeare wie folgt: „His characters [...] 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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Writing about Literature: Essay and Translation Skills for University ...

Judith Woolf - Education - 2005 - 172 pages
...who holds up to his readers a faithful mirrour of manners and of life', and commented approvingly, 'In the writings of other poets a character is too often an individual; in those of Shakespeare it is commonly a species.'35 (No character studies of Lady Macbeth for him.) When, in 1673,...
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