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Elizabethan Literature by Helen Morris 1958


Title: Elizabethan Literature
Author: Helen Morris
Publisher: Oxford
Publication Date: 1958
Format: Hardback with dust jacket
Condition: This book is in good condition for its age other than some minor signs of wear.

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Reader's note

Assuming that the life, literature and thought of any periods are closely interwoven, and that they illuminate each other, the author discusses Elizabethan writing against a background of Elizabethan life. Morris understands her subject intimately and has written a brilliant book about a brilliant period. She agrees with Sir Philip Sidney that literature can only teach by delighting, assumes that books are read for pleasure rather that for profit, but believes nevertheless that the modern reader can get an enormous amount of both pleasure and profit from the literature of this golden age. Morris encourages the common reader not to be dismayed by the subtleties of the pundits, but to plunge boldly into Shakespeare, who was not only a genius, a poet, a philosopher, and an empirical psychologist, but an extremely skilled practical playwright, writing to delight a very mixed audience.