Bentley, Eric
April 1952
New Republic;4/28/52, Vol. 126 Issue 17, p22
This article discusses the dramatic literature of playwright William Shakespeare. Shakespeare had of course been a popular playwright in his own day but the only larger scale attempt to make him so in more recent times was that of the schoolmasters which had the reverse of the desired effect, what the teacher tried to hand to the people, the people left on the teacher's desk. Shakespeare was unpopular because academic. Hence it comes about that to the modern Shakespearian movement, the movement which has actually succeeded in popularizing the bard, Shakespeare in school is a special bugbear.


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