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English Literature for Schools

CHARACTERS

OF

SHAKESPEARE'S PLAYS

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS WAREHOUSE,

C. F. CLAY, MANAGER.
London: FETTER LANE, E.C.
Edinburgh: 100, PRINCES STREET.

Berlin: A. ASHER AND CO.

Leipzig: F. A. BROCKHAUS.

New York: G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS.
Bombay and Calcutta: MACMILLAN AND CO., LTD.

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CHARACTERS

OF

SHAKESPEARE'S

PLAYS

Edited with Introduction and Notes by

J. H. LOBBAN, M.A.,
Lecturer in English Literature, Birkbeck College, London

CAMBRIDGE :
at the University Press

1908

Cambridge: PRINTED BY JOHN CLAY, M.A.

AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS.

PREFACE

OF

F Hazlitt, more than of any other English

critic, it may be said that to every writer whom he touches he affords the best and most inspiring introduction. In many respects of great importance to the student of English literature he has no equal as a critic. In the Introduction I have endeavoured to vindicate this claim. It is sufficient here to advance the conclusion that Hazlitt is one of the greatest teachers of literature because he had a great enthusiasm for his subject, and had the secret of imparting his enthusiasm.

The text is reprinted, with a few verbal alterations, from the first edition, a copy of which was kindly placed at my disposal by Mr A. R. Waller. To the edition of Hazlitt's works by Mr Waller and Mr Arnold Glover I am indebted, as all editors of Hazlitt henceforth must be, for the aid given in the identification of numerous quotations.

J. H. L.

LONDON,

20 October, 1908.

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