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A Review of Edmund Gosse's “From Shakespeare To Pope.”

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 February 2021

Henry E. Shepherd*
President of the College of Charleston, Charleston, S. C.


To the student of English literature from a merely popular point of view, this work of Mr. Gosse's, cannot fail to commend itself. Its mode of treatment is pleasing— the style is lucid, the narrative is lightened by the judicious introduction of biographical sketches and entertaining reminiscences. Despite its many agreeable features, it lacks both the depth and breadth of philosophic or scientific investigation, and the critical student of our literary evolution, will lay it aside, with a mingled feeling of disappointment and regret. The volume contains a series of lectures delivered before the Lowell Institute, and the Johns Hopkins University, during the. season of 1884 and 1885. The restraints that are naturally imposed by the presence of popular audiences, will no doubt serve in some measure to account for the superficial manner of dealing with the subject, which is a distinctive characteristic of the work.

Research Article
Copyright © Modern Language Association of America, 1885

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1 See Dr. Drake's Life and Times of Shakespeare, Formation of Elizabethan English, Southern Review, October, 1872. Shepherd's History of the English Language, chapter xix, page 153.