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BOHN'S STANDARD LIBRARY.

HAZLITT’S

AGE OF ELIZABETH, AND CHARACTERS OF

SHAKESPEAR'S PLAYS,

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AGE OF EIŞZABETH,

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CHARACTERS OF SHAKESPEAR'S PLAYS

BY

WILLIAM HAZLITT,
Author of " Table Talk," Lectures on the Essglish Poets," " The

English Comic Writers,&C., &C.

LONDON: GEORGE BELL AND SONS, YORK STREET,

COVENT GARDEN.

1878.

tl of 3

1878

ADVERTISEMENT

TO

THE ORIGINAL EDITION.

By the “ AGE OF ELIZABETH” (as it relates to the history of our Literature) I would be understood to mean the time from the Reformation to the end of Charles I., including the writers of a certain School or style of Poetry or Prose, who flourished together or immediately succeeded one another within this period. I have, in the following pages, said little of two of the greatest writers of that age, Shakspeare and Spenser, because I had treated of them separately in former publications.*

* Characters of Shakspeare's Plays, 1817, and Lectures on the English Poets, 1818-ED.

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