Spring 1961 • Vol. XXIII No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1961 |

Shakespeare’s Carpet

Shakespeare's Progress by Frank O'Connor. The World Publishing Company, $3.50. Some Shakespearean Themes by L. C. Knights. Stanford University Press, $3.50. Frank O'Connor's book first appeared in England twelve years ago as The Road to Stratford, and parts of Mr. Knights's have been available for considerably longer than that; so a good many readers will already be familiar with the contrasting interpretations of Shakespeare which these two authors present. Superficially they agree about the kind of man Shakes- peare must have been—an English provincial genius, unusually sensitive to life about him and intuitive in his approach to things, who started out with an interest in rhetoric, became an actor, mastered his language, and then learned how to apply both that mastery and his perceptions about the human situation in the construction of a memorable series of plays in which the poet eventually transcended the dramatist. Except for a few details here and there, however, th

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