The author of this book uses the plays and poems, as well as drawing on original material from leading contemporary figures, to create impressions of the many aspects of Shakespeare's life. This book draws together many of the facets of Shakespeare's literary genius to provide the reader with an overall view of his life and times.
Hazlitt's ideas about many of the plays have now come to be valued as thought-provoking alternatives to those of his contemporary Coleridge, and Characters of Shakespear's Plays is now viewed as a major study of Shakespeare's plays, placing Hazlitt with Schlegel and Coleridge as one of the three most notable Shakespearean critics of the Romantic period.
The Fourth Edition of The Longman Anthology of British Literature continues its tradition of presenting works in the historical context in which they were written. This fresh approach includes writers from the British Isles, underrepresented female authors, “Perspectives” sectionsthatshed light on the period as a whole and link with immediately surrounding works to help illuminate a theme, “And Its Time” clusters that illuminate a specific cultural moment or a debate to which an author is responding, and “Responses” in which later authors respond to one or more texts from earlier works. New works include William Baldwin’s Beware the Cat (the 1st English novel), Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, Books 6 and the Two Cantos of Mutability and William Shakespeare’s Othello and King Lear.