SHAKESPEARE'S PROGRESS by Frank O'Connor

SHAKESPEARE'S PROGRESS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Not as a professional critic, but from the special angle of the prompt-corner and the auditorium, Frank O'Connor has composed a lively and provocative study of William Shakespeare. He disagrees for the most part with the best of modern scholars- but he has read them- arguing against those who claim that Shakespeare cannot be adequately produced on the modern stage; that he is primarily a poet and not a dramatist; and that not Marlowe but Shakespeare- wrote Edward III, among other controversial points. The charm of O'Connor's book is its originality and liveliness- and it may stimulate many Shakespearean devotees into rereading his plays and reshaping their opinions. It raises questions which should interest all, but which only the more serious scholar can hope to answer with a definite yes or no.

Publisher: World