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Johnson's Notes to Shakespeare Vol. I, Comedies

By Johnson, Samuel

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Title: Johnson's Notes to Shakespeare Vol. I, Comedies  
Author: Johnson, Samuel
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: Dr. Johnson?s Preface to Shakespeare is one of the most famous critical essays of the eighteenth century, and yet too many students have forgotten that it is, precisely, a preface to the plays of Shakespeare, edited by Dr. Johnson himself. That is to say, the edition itself has been obscured or overshadowed by its preface, and the sustained effort of that essay has virtually monopolized scholarly attention?much of which should be directed to the commentary. Johnson?s love for Shakespeare?s plays is well known; nowhere is this more manifest than in his notes on them. And it is on the notes that his claim to remembrance as a critic of Shakespeare must rest, for the famous Preface is, after all, only rarely an original and personal statement.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: Johnson's Notes to Shakespeare Vol. I, Comedies, 1 -- Samuel Johnson, 1 -- GENERAL Introduction, 2 -- COMEDIES Vol. I, 7 -- THE TEMPEST, 7 -- THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, 16 -- THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, 21 -- Vol. II, 28 -- MEASURE FOR MEASURE, 28 -- THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, 48 -- MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, 51 -- LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, 57 -- Vol. III, 67 -- A MIDSUMMER?NIGHT'S DREAM, 67 -- THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, 79 -- AS YOU LIKE IT, 85 -- THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, 95 -- Vol. IV, 99 -- ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, 99 -- TWELFTH?NIGHT, 113 -- THE WINTER'S TALE, 119


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