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Richard III

Richard III may be considered as properly a stageplay: it belongs to the theatre, rather than to ...

Henry VI: In Three Parts

During the time of the civil wars of York and Lancaster, England was a perfect bear-garden, and S...

Henry V

Henry V is a very favourite monarch with the English nation, and he appears to have been also a f...

Henry IV: In Two Parts

If Shakespeare’s fondness for the ludicrous sometimes led to faults in his tragedies (which was n...

Richard II

Richard II is a play little known compared with Richard III, which last is a play that every unfl...

Lear

We wish that we could pass this play over, and say nothing about it. All that we can say must fal...

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is the only tragedy which Shakespeare has written entirely on a love-story. It i...

The Midsummer Night’s Dream

Bottom the Weaver is a character that has not had justice done him. He is the most romantic of me...

The Tempest

There can be little doubt that Shakespeare was the most universal genius that ever lived. ‘Either...

Hamlet

This is that Hamlet the Dane, whom we read of in our youth, and whom we seem almost to remember i...

Antony and Cleopatra

This is a very noble play. Though not in the first class of Shakespeare’s productions, it stands ...

Troilus and Cressida

This is one of the most loose and desultory of our author’s plays: it rambles on just as it happe...

Coriolanus

Shakespeare has in this play shown himself well versed in history and state affairs. Coriolanus i...

Timon of Athens

Timon of Athens always appeared to us to be written with as intense a feeling of his subject as a...

Othello

It has been said that tragedy purifies the affections by terror and pity. That is, it substitutes...

Julius Casesar

Julius Caesar was one of three principal plays by different authors, pitched upon by the celebrat...

Cymbeline

Cymbeline is one of the most delightful of Shakespeare’s historical plays. It may be considered a...

Preface

It is observed by Mr. Pope, that ‘If ever any author deserved the name of an original, it was Sha...

Introduction

William Hazlitt (1778–1830) came of an Irish Protestant stock, and of a branch of it transplanted...

Lecture VIII. On the Living Poets.

      "No more of talk where God or Angel guest      With man, as with his friend, familiar us'd ...