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Francis Beaumont: Dramatist

With Some Account of His Circle, Elizabethan and Jacobean, and of His Association with John Fletcher

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Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 109,014 / 354 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52.2
LoC Category: P
Downloads: 456
Added to site: 2010.11.05
mnybks.net#: 29465
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Biography
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instinct so successfully defied the temptation to enumerate in detail the respective contributions of Beaumont and Fletcher on the basis of metrical tests par excellence,--so surprisingly novel and seductively convincing were the tests then recently formulated. Swinburne's mistakes are of sane omission rather than of supererogation. By his judgments as a critic one can not always swear; but here he is, in the main, marvelously right, and a thousand times rather to be followed than some of the successors of Fleay who have swamped the personality of Beaumont by heaping on him, foundered, sods from a dozen turf-stacks which he never helped to build.

But the chorizontes--those who would separate every scene and line of the one genius from those of the other--are not lightly to be spoken of. It is only by combining their methods of analysis with the intuitions of the poet-critics that one may hope to see Frank Beaumont plain: "the worthiest and closest follower of Shakespeare in the tragi

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