Winter 1949 • Vol. XI No. 1 A CommunicationJanuary 1, 1949 |

A Communication

Sirs: I was indeed grateful for Mr. Stanley Hyman's generous remarks concerning my Shakespearian interpretations in The Kenyon Review (Winter 1948). May I nevertheless offer a rejoinder? Mr. Hyman considers my work as very closely related to the researches of Caroline Spurgeon. This was never so. My Wheel of Fire (1930) was published simultaneously with her Leading Motives, and my Imperial Theme (1931) makes few references to it: I certainly did not use it "extensively." Both then and in The Shakespearian Tempest (1932), when, as was unavoidable, the natural process of my own investigation discovered some detail she had already observed, I noted—perhaps too explicitly—an obligation, primarily as a matter of courtesy. But these occasions were, considering the similarity of our aims, strikingly few. Mr. Hyman asserts that my obligations are "continually" noted in The Burning Oracle: a reference to my text discounts utterly such an emphasis. He says, moreover, that in The S

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