[I Remember The Astonishment I Felt When I First Read Shakespeare. I Expected To Receive A Powerful Esthetic Pleasure, But Having Read, One After The Other, Works Regarded As His Best: "King Lear," "Romeo And Juliet," "Hamlet" And "Macbeth," Not Only Did I Feel No Delight, But I Felt An Irresistible Repulsion And Tedium . . . . Shakespeare Can Not Be Recognized Either As A Great Genius, Or Even As An Average Author. . . . Far From Being The Height Of Perfection, [King Lear] Is A Very Bad, Carelessly Composed Production, . . . Can Not Evoke Among Us Anything But Aversion And Weariness. . . . All His Characters Speak, Not Their Own, But Always One And The Same Shakespearian, Pretentious, And Unnatural Language . . . .]

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