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THE LITERATURE OF THE N
AGE OF EINZABETH, 18
CHARACTERS OF SHAKESPEAR'S PLAYS
English Comic Writers," &C., &c.
LONDON: GEORGE BELL AND SONS, YORK STREET,
By the “AGE OF ELIZABETH” (as it relates to the history of our Literature) I would be understood to mean the time from the Reformation to the end of Charles I., including the writers of a certain School or style of Poetry or Prose, who flourished together or immediately succeeded one another within this period. I have, in the following pages, said little of two of the greatest writers of that age, Shakspeare and Spenser, because I had treated of them separately in former publications.*
* Characters of Shakspeare's Plays, 1817, and Lectures on the English Poets, 1818.--ED.