The Book Buyer Volume 2

The Book Buyer Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...book is Lady Martin's beautiful volume "On Some of Shakespeare's Female Characters," which the Messrs. Blackwood send forth clothed in all the luxuries of fine paper, uncut and broad margins, and a delicate parchment cover. Of course Lady Martin's chapters is very different from Mrs. ameson's work--it is more like Fanny Kemble's " Notes." An especial charm is invested in the half-critical, half-autobiographical nature of the letters which form the book. Her womanliness leads the author to assume an earnest partisanship toward all of her favorite heroines---heroines whose parts she impersonated when she was Miss Faucit, becoming thoroughly imbued with their spirit and their feelings. Against Ophelia's strength oi character she will hear nothing; Portia's conduct she defends by supposing that at the close of her honeymoon she converted the Jew and soothed his last days by her care and devotion; Desdemona she portrayed as a strong woman much more than a mere amiable, simple, yielding creature; Juliet she glorified as a heroine of unsurpassed beauty of character and constancy; Rosalind is to her mind sensitive and womanly, and Imogen and Beatrice paragons of their sex. Now and again in the autobiographical passages we catch glimpses of Browning. of Kean, whom she knew as a child, of Macready, Charles Kemble and Bulwer. Her criticisms upon the stage of to-day are aimed chiefly at the prevailing mode of what she regards as overdressing and over-decorating Shakespeare's plays. Vhile not harsh in.her judgments, she has certainly antagonized many of the friends of the newer modes of producing Shakespeare's dramas, but any one who is not warped by prejudice cannot read Lady Martin's book with anything but keen delight. Among...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236883098
  • 9781236883094