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Elder & Co., I am indebted for permission to print here the articles on “Mr Benson and Shakespearean Drama,” and “Shakespeare and Patriotism,” both of which originally appeared in The Cornhill Magazine. The paper on “Pepys and Shakespeare” was first printed in the Fortnightly Review; that on
Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Playgoer" in “An English Miscellany, presented to Dr Furnivall in honour of his seventy-fifth birthday” (1901); that on “The Municipal Theatre” in the New Liberal Review; and that on “A Peril of Shakespearean Research" in The Author. The proprietors of these publications have courteously given me permission to include the articles in this volume. The
essay on “Aspects of Shakespeare's Philosophy” was prepared for the purposes of a popular lecture, and has not been in type before.
In a note at the foot of the opening page of each essay, I mention the date when it was originally published. An analytical list of contents and an index will, I hope, increase any utility which may attach to the volume.
1st October, 1906.
II. The Need for Simplifying Scenic Appliances .
Production of Hamlet in 1602
III. Shakespeare's Popularity in the Elizabethan Theatre