The Reception of My William Shakespeare

  • A. L. Rowse


The reception of my work on Shakespeare is an interesting story in itself, and one that is symptomatic of our time, not only of its literary life, but of academic and intellectual life in general, in the decline of standards, the lack of concern for what is true, the inability to recognise it when put forward by a leading authority on the age of Shakespeare, the preference for nonsense rather than commonsense, the obtuseness on the part of those who should know better. It is all characteristic of this age and its lowering of standards.


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