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OR THE

NOVEL S and HISTORIES,

On which the

PLAYS of SHAKESPEAR

Are Founded,

COLLECTED and TRANSLATED from the

ORIGINAL AU THORS.

W I TH

CRITICAL REMARKS.

In TWO VOLUMES.

BY THE

Author of the FEMALE QUIXOTE.

L 0 N D 0 N:
Printed for A. MILLAR in the Strand,

MDCCLIII.

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My Lorr,
Have no other Prétence to the

Honour of a Patronage, fo illus-
trious as that of
your Lordship, than

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the Merit of attempting what has by some unaccountable Neglect been hitherto omitted, though absolutely necessary to a perfect Knowledge of the Abilities of Shakespear.

Among the Powers that must conduce to constitute a Poet, the first and most valuable is Invention; and of all the Degrees of Invention, the higheit seems to be that which is able to produce a Series of Events. It is easy when the Thread of a Story is once drawn to diversify it with Variety of Colours; and when a Train of Action is presented to the Mind, a little Acquaintance with:Life. will füpply Circumstances and Reflexions, and a little Knowledge of Books; furnish Parallels and Portrationg....To tell over again a Story that has been told already,

and

y and to tell it better than the first Author n is no rare Qualification ; but to strike у

out the first Hints of a new Fable; of hence to introduce a Set of Charac

ters fo diversified in their several Pas

fions and Interests, that from the - clashing of this Variety may result d many necessary Incidents ; to make ll these Incidents furprising, and yet

natural, so as to delight the Imagina

tion without shocking the Judgment y of a Reader; and finally, to wind e up the whole in a pleasing Catastrophe of

produced by those very Means which n seem most likely to oppose and

prevent it, is the utmoft Effort of the human Mind.

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To discover how few of those Writers, who profess to recount imaginary Adventures, have been able to

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