Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 130,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

The Man Shakespeare

And His Tragic Life Story

Cover image for

Download


Author: Frank Harris
Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 111,443 / 330 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 49.1
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 847
mnybks.net#: 3240
Genre: Biography
Excerpt

outstretched in pious supplication, whether a foot is not thrust out behind in some secret shame, for the biped, man, must keep a balance.

I intend first of all to prove from Shakespeare's works that he has painted himself twenty times from youth till age at full length: I shall consider and compare these portraits till the outlines of his character are clear and certain; afterwards I shall show how his little vanities and shames idealized the picture, and so present him as he really was, with his imperial intellect and small snobberies; his giant vices and paltry self-deceptions; his sweet gentleness and long martyrdom. I cannot but think that his portrait will thus gain more in truth than it can lose in ideal beauty. Or let me come nearer to my purpose by means of a simile. Talking with Sir David Gill one evening on shipboard about the fixed stars, he pointed one out which is so distant that we cannot measure how far it is away from us and can form no idea of its magnitude. "But surely," I exclaimed, "th

SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Author of the Day

John Pearce
John Pearce spends half of the year writing at home in Sarasota, Florida.
Read full interview...