Critical Strictures on the New Tragedy of Elvira, Written by Mr. David Malloch

Author: James Boswell
Published: 1763
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,706 / 29 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.9
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 659
Added to site: 2005.05.19
mnybks.net#: 10370
Genres: History, Criticism
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t every Scene being an Interview and a tête a tête. The King wants to see his Son, the Queen wants to see Elvira, Elvira wants to see the King, and so on thro' the Five Acts.

No new Thoughts or Sentiments are to be found in this Performance, we meet only with old ones absurdly expressed. Dryden said that Ben Johnson was every where to be traced in the Snow of the Ancients. We may say that Malloch is every where to be traced in the Puddle of the Moderns. Instead of selecting the Beauties, he has pick'd out whatever is despicable in Shakespeare, Otway, Dryden, and Rowe, like a Pick-Pocket who dives for Handkerchiefs, not for Gold; and contents himself with what he finds in our Great Coat Pocket, without attempting our Watch or your Purse. Tho' Mr. Malloch may only mean to borrow, yet as he possesses no Fund of Original Genius from whence he can pay his Debts, borrowing, we are afraid is an inade

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