G Wilson Knight on Shakespeare

Thursday 1st December 2016

William Shakespeare
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Quote of the month: “Tolstoy was genuinely pained and perplexed by his inability to appreciate Shakespeare. He found the playwright’s works ‘insignificant and simply bad’; they induced in him ‘repulsion, weariness, and bewilderment’. Nobly, he appears to have read, and re-read them, ‘several times over’ in Russian, English, and German. Always with the same result. He is definite in his conclusions that Shakespeare is a poor writer.” (G Wilson Knight’s The Wheel of Fire: Interpretations of Shakespearean Tragedy)

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