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The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded   By: (1811-1859)

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In "The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded" by Delia Bacon, the author presents a thought-provoking exploration of the works of William Shakespeare. Published in 1857, this book challenges the traditional understanding of Shakespeare's plays and offers a unique perspective on their underlying philosophy.

Bacon's central thesis revolves around the notion that the plays of Shakespeare were not solely the work of one man but rather a collaborative effort among a group of intellectuals, including Francis Bacon. Delia Bacon argues that these plays were imbued with profound philosophical ideas and encoded messages, elevating them beyond mere entertainment. She emphasizes the importance of reevaluating the authorship of Shakespeare's plays and the need to recognize the prominent figures who might have influenced them.

Throughout the book, Bacon meticulously dissects various works by Shakespeare, delving into the symbolism, subtext, and hidden meanings within each play. Her extensive research and detailed analysis lend credence to her arguments, making her interpretation a thought-provoking and compelling one. By connecting Shakespeare's works to broader historical, political, and philosophical contexts, Bacon unravels layers of complexity and depth that have long been overlooked.

One of the strengths of this book is Bacon's ability to present her ideas in a clear and concise manner, making it accessible to readers from various backgrounds. She introduces complex concepts while maintaining a balanced narrative that engages both scholars and casual readers alike. Her prose is eloquent and persuasive, leaving little room for doubt about the validity of her claims.

However, it is important to note that "The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded" has not been without its criticisms. Many contemporary scholars, even during its time, dismissed Bacon's theories as speculative and lacking in concrete evidence. While her arguments are compelling, some may find her claims to be too speculative or lacking in definitive proof.

Despite these critiques, Delia Bacon's "The Philosophy of the Plays of Shakspere Unfolded" remains an important and influential work in the field of Shakespearean scholarship. It challenges the conventional understanding of Shakespeare's plays and encourages readers to engage in a deeper exploration of their underlying themes. Whether one fully agrees with Bacon's assertions or not, her book serves as a testament to the enduring intrigue and multifaceted nature of Shakespeare's works.

First Page:

THE

PHILOSOPHY

OF

THE PLAYS OF SHAKSPERE

UNFOLDED.

BY DELIA BACON.

WITH

A PREFACE

BY

NATHANIAL HAWTHORNE AUTHOR OF 'THE SCARLET LETTER,' ETC

Aphorisms representing A KNOWLEDGE broken do invite men to inquire further LORD BACON

You find not the apostophes, and so miss the accent. LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST

Untie the spell. PROSPERO

LONDON: GROOMBRIDGE AND SONS PATERNOSTER ROW. 1857

AMES PRESS NEW YORK

HARVARD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY DEC 6, 1972

Reprinted from a copy in the collection of the Harvard College Library Reprinted from the edition of 1857, London First AMS EDITION published 1970 Manufactured in the United States of America

International Standard Book Number: 0 404 00443 1

Library of Congress Card Catalog Number: 73 113547

AMS PRESS, INC. NEW YORK, N.Y. 10003

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION.

I. The Proposition

II. The Age of Elizabeth, and the Elizabethan Men of Letters

III. Extracts from the Life of Raleigh. Raleigh's School

IV. Raleigh's School, continued. The New Academy

BOOK I

[The HISTORICAL KEY to the ELIZABETHAN ART of TRADITION, which formed the FIRST BOOK of this Work as it was originally prepared for the Press, is reserved for separate publication... Continue reading book >>




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