The Literary World; A Monthly Review of Current Literature Volume 7-8

The Literary World; A Monthly Review of Current Literature Volume 7-8

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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. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...of Hall and Holinshed. As instances showing the straits to which one is reduced who attempts to prove Shakespeare a Romanist, we need only refer to our author's treatment of the death-scene of Cardinal Beaufort, of whom the King says: "He dies, and makes no sign." "No sign of repentance," Mr. Wilkes explains, "without which, according to Catholic doctrine, no sinner can be allowed to enter heaven!" Do Protestants, forsooth, enter heaven without repentance? As the scene closes the King says: "Let us all to meditation," and Mr. Wilkes asserts that he here refers to a "pious practice prescribed by the Romish Church." "William Shakespeare could hardly have made this doctrinal reference to it unless he had been a Catholic himself!" Again, we ask, is "meditation" confined to Romanists? Finally, we need only mention the fact that Mr. Wilkes finds himself obliged to support his various conclusions by extensive quotations from the edition of Shakespeare by Dr. Samuel Johnson, of which Macaulay says: "It would be difficult to name a more slovenly, a more worthless edition of any great classic." Mr. Wilkes is widely known as the longtime editor of The Spirit of the Times, a prominent sporting journal of New York which often treats literary topics. We are surprised that a writer of so much experience should have read Shakespeare to so little effective purpose, and that in the course of his study he should not have gained a more correct literary style. (b.) ROLFF.'S MACBETH. In Mr. Rolfe's Macbeth we find very little to question and much to commend. We hardly agree with those who think that very brief notes are sufficient in a book of this kind intended for school use. more

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