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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.
SHAKESPEARE AND THE MODERN STAGE
I. An Imaginary Discovery of Shakespeare's Journal.
I. The Reception of the News of Shakespeare's Death
IV. The Testimonies of Seventeenth-century Actors
V. Sir William D'Avenant's Devotion to Shakespeare's
VII. Shakespeare's Fame among Seventeenth-century
IV. Pepys's Criticism of Shakespeare. His Admiration
VI. The Saving Grace of the Restoration Theatre.
MR BENSON AND SHAKESPEAREAN DRAMA
VI. The Conditions of Success in England