A Recommendation

The Shakespearean Ethic by John Vyvyan has just been reissued by Shepheard-Walwyn Publishers in the UK, and I highly recommend it.  First published in 1959, it is an analysis of a number of the plays, particularly the tragedies, from the viewpoint of rise or fall of the soul in relation to its “true self,” the “thou” of the sonnets.  It has the kind of insight that can come I think, only from someone outside the academy, and it will send me back to the plays with fresh eyes.  Two more of Vyvyan’s books, Shakespeare and Platonic Beauty  and Shakespeare and the Rose of Love, will also be reissued if this one is successful.

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