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The science of æsthetics is essentially a creation of the German mind. In all the æsthetic systems of Solger, Hegel (Hotho), F. Th. Vischer, A. Zeising, M. Carrière, etc., Shakspeare plays a prominent part. Nay, the ascendancy of this æsthetic interest has covered the tree of German Shakspeare literature with such an amount of parasites, that they threaten to choke the growth of the tree itself. There would be no end were I to adduce all the great and little treatises which, since Goethe's Shakspeare und Seine Ende, have either discussed the Shakspearian drama in general, or endeavoured from an æsthetic point of view, to elucidate individual plays and the inner connection of the action, to describe the fundamental features of the character of his heroes, or to discover his leading ideas. Indeed, it would scarcely be worth the trouble; for, to judge from many of these treatises, it seems almost as if every novice in the domain of æsthetics considered himself entitled at once to bring forward his thoughts and ideas, however, unimportant and untenable they may be. I shall therefore not mention any of the many monographs, not even such as are able and deserving of recognition, and shall name only those works which embrace a wider field, or are distinguished either by profundity of conception and acuteness of judgment, or by sound study, not only of Shakspeare's works but also of the history of Shakspeare and his poetry. Among these, we may mention H. T. Rötscher's Cyclus dramatischer Charactere' (1844); F. Th. Vischer's - Kritische Gänge' (Parts 1-5, 1844); G. G. Gervinus' 'Shakespeare' (1849, 3rd edition, 1862); F. Kressig’s • Vorlesungen über Shakespeare, seine Zeit und seine Werke’ (1858); C. Hebler's Aufsätze über Shakspeare' (1865); H. von Friesen's 'Briefe über Shakespeare's Hamlet' (1864); and if, in conclusion, I also add G. melin's 'Shakspeare-studien ' (1866), I do so because I am convinced that this ingenious work also, in spite of its, in most cases, unjustified polemic against Shakspeare and the German reverence for Shakspeare, will only contribute to the study of the poet, and promote the appreciation of his value as the leading, and-in spite of his faults and defects - the greatest genius in dramatic poetry.

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with which the German nation still tends and cherishes its adopted son by the side of its own great children, is the German Shakspeare Society, which was founded at Weimar on the 300th anniversary of Shakspeare's birth. It has given sufficient proof of its vitality by the ten volumes of its Jahr-buch, which have already appeared, and by the work it has undertaken in the revisal of Schlegel and Tieck's translation of Shakspeare, several volumes of which have already been published.


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Adam de la Halle, i. 13

Benedick and Beatrice,' ii. 305, note.
• Alchymist, The,' i. 301, 303 Biblia pauperum, i. 4
• Alexander, Campaspe and Diogenes, o Birth of Merlin, The,' i. 284; ii. 401
The comedy of,' i. 92

Blackfriars Theatre, i. 106
Alleyn (tragedian), i. 113; ii. 352 • Bloody Brother, The,' i. 312
• All Fools,' i. 282

Boaden’s ‘Sonnets of Shakespeare,' i.
• All's Well that Ends Well,' ii. 96 et 208
seq.; Date, i. 223 ; ii. 410

Bodel, Jehan, i. 13
A Mad World, my Masters,' i. 284 Burbage, Richard (tragedian), i. 111,
Anachronisms in Shakspeare's Plays,

113, 204
i. 256

Bussy d’Ambois,' i. 280, 281
* Andria' of Terence, i. 75
• Annunciatio, The,' i. 22

* Cæsar Augustus,' i. 22
* Antonio and Mellida,' i. 288

• Cæsar's Tragedie,' ii. 305, note
Antony and Cleopatra, ii, 201 et seq.; “Campaspe and Sappho,' i. 90, note
Date, i. 226; ii. 410

Capell's, E., edition of S., ii, 440
Appius and Virginia,' i. 63, 71, 289, • Case is altered, The,' i. 293, note

· Castle of Perseverance,' i. 32, 37
Arden of Feversham,' ii. 383 “Catiline, his Conspiracy,' i. 307
Arraigoment of Paris,' i. 131, 132 ; Challenge for Beauty,' i. 291
. 366

Chalmers, A., edition of S., ii. 444
• As You Like It,' ii. 12 et seq.; Date, Changeling, The,' i. 287

ii. 410; Minor references, i. 205, Chapman, George, i. 280
256 ; ii. 24, 28

Chester Plays, i. 16, 24 et seq.
A usonius, “Querolus' of, i. 1

Chettle, H., i. 202, 268 ; ii. 336

Christos Paschon, i. 1, 15
Bale, J., i. 54, 61

• Christ's Temptation,' i. 54
Bandello, i. 507

Chronological Order of Shakspeare's
+ Battel of Alcazar,' i. 135 et seq. Plays, ii. 410
Beaumont and Fletcher, ii. 423 Cinthio, Giraldi, i. 507
Beaumont, Francis, i. 309

Clark's edition of Shakspeare, ii. 455
Ben Jonson School, i. 292 et seq. ; ii. Clarke's, Mrs. C., Copcordance to

Shakspeare, ii. 452

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Coleridge's, S. T., Lectures, ii. 451 Drames muets, i. 15-30
Collier's edition of Shakspeare, ii. 456 Dryden, J., on Shakspeare, ii. 420, 428
Collier's, J. P., Works on Shakspeare, • Duke Humphrey, The,' ii. 374
ii. 453

Dumb-shows, i. 15, 30; ii. 353
Comedies Pieuses, i. 12, 47

Du Tilliot, i. 15
*Comedy of Errors, The,' ii. 24 et seq.; | Dyce's, A., edition of S., ii. 457

Date and Origin, i. 86, 222; ii. 410
• Conflict of Conscience, The,' i. 62 • Eastward Hoe,' i. 301
Confrèries, i. 11, 35

• Edward II.,' i. 151, 164; ii. 319
Conspiracy of the Duke of Byron, | Edwards, R., i. 84
The,' i. 280

• Elder Brother, The,' i. 314
• Contract of a Marriage, &c., The,’i. 60 Elizabeth, Queen, Times of, i. 175 et
• Coriolanus,' ii. 188 et seq.; Date, seq.
i. 226 ; ii. 410

Endymion, or the Man in the Moon,'
• Cornelia,' i. 119

i. 90
Coventry, Religious Plays at, i. 18 et Entremets, i. 30

Epistolæ farsito, i. 7
Craik, G. L., on Miracle Plays, i. 15 • Euphues and his England,' i. 87
Cupid's Revenge,' i. 316

• Euphues, The Anatomy of Wit, &c.
•Cure for a Cuckold,' i. 288

i. 87
• Cymbeline,' i. 360; ii. 165 et seq.; Every Man in His Humour,' i. 218
Date, i. 226; ii. 410

293, 299
"Cynthia's Revels,' i. 300; i. 249, note Ezechiel's Life of Moses,' i. 1

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Damon and Pythias,' i. 84

Fair Em.,' ii. 371
Davenant, W., i. 250, note ; ii. 419, “Fair Maid of the Exchange, The, 1.

275, note
• David and Bethsabe,' i. 66, 124, 137 “Fair Maid of the Inn, The,' i. 316

Fa Maid of the Mill, The,' i. 31.4
Death of Robert, &c., The,' i. 269 · Fall of Lucifer, The,' i. 25
Dekker, T., i. 275

* False One, The,' i. 311, 313
Delius', N., edition of S., ii. 458 · Falstaff, Sir John,' ii. 305, note
• Devil's Law Case, The,' i. 288 • Famous Chronikle of Edward the
• Dido, Queen of Carthage,' i. 128, First, The, &c.,'i, 136 et seq.
151, 161

• Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth,
• Disobedient Child, The,' i. 66, note The, &c.,' i. 97, 122
Dodsley's, R., Collection of Old Plays, Faustus, Dr.,' a Tragedy, i. 151, 158 ;
ii. 444

ii. 318
• Double Marriage, The,' i. 311, 313 Field, N. (comedian), i. 113
Douce's, F., Illustrations of Shak. First Part of the Contention, The,
speare, ii. 444, 452

&c. ;' ii. 292, 309 et seq.
• Downfall of Robert, &c., The,'i. 269 Fletcher, John, i. 309 et sey.
Drake's, N., Works on S., ii. 452 • Fortune by Land and Sea,' i. 275,
Drama, Secularisation of the i. 11 note


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