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Shakespeare's last plays

Author: E M W Tillyard
Publisher: London, Chatto and Windus, 1968.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Years ago, Lytton Strachey advanced the theory that in his last plays--Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest--Shakespeare showed himself cynical and bored with life. In this book, the author examines that theory by attempting to answer several questions in regards to these last plays. Was Shakespeare serene or disillusioned? Did he mix tragedy with comedy because it suited him to do so, to be in fashion, or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: E M W Tillyard
OCLC Number: 8545089
Notes: Originally published in 1938.
Description: 85 pages 22 cm
Contents: The tragic pattern --
Planes of reality --
The relation of the two themes.
Responsibility: [by] E.M.W. Tillyard.

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Years ago, Lytton Strachey advanced the theory that in his last plays--Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest--Shakespeare showed himself cynical and bored with life. In this book, the author examines that theory by attempting to answer several questions in regards to these last plays. Was Shakespeare serene or disillusioned? Did he mix tragedy with comedy because it suited him to do so, to be in fashion, or with an eye to the box office? If it simply suited him, what new experience was he trying to convey?

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