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" A play in which the wicked prosper, and the virtuous miscarry, may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the common events of human life : but since all reasonable beings naturally love justice, I cannot easily be persuaded, that the... "
The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare - Page 545
by William Shakespeare - 1826
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The Tragedy of King Lear

William Shakespeare - 1919 - 284 pages
...faith of chronicles. ... A play in which the wicked prosper, and the virtuous miscarry, may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the...pleased from the final triumph of persecuted virtue. man tottering about the stage with a walking-stick, turned out of doors by his daughters in a rainy...
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Doctor Johnson: A Study in Eighteenth Century Humanism

Percy Hazen Houston - 1923 - 280 pages
...the ancients. To quote: "A play in which the wicked prosper, and the virtuous miscarry, may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the...observation of justice makes a play worse; or, that if other excellences are equal, the audience will not always rise better pleased from the final triumph of virtue."...
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Johnson on Shakespeare

Samuel Johnson - 1908 - 208 pages
...decry poetical justice. A play in which the wicked prosper, and the virtuous miscarry, may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the...pleased from the final triumph of persecuted virtue. many years ago shocked by Cordelia's death, that I know not whether I ever endured to read again the...
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A Critical History of English Literature, Vol. 3, Volume 3

David Daiches - 1979 - 319 pages
...long note on King Lear: A play in which the wicked prosper, and the virtuous miscarry, may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the...easily be persuaded that the observation of justice malces a play worse; or that, if other excellencies are equal, the audience will not always rise better...
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Shakespeare's Dramatic Transactions

Michael Mooney - 1990 - 226 pages
...faith of chronicles. ... A play in which the wicked prosper, and the virtuous miscarry, may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the...observation of justice makes a play worse; or, that if the other excellencies are equal, the audience will not always rise better pleased from the final triumph...
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Sources of Dramatic Theory: Volume 2, Voltaire to Hugo

D. J. Conacher - 1991 - 292 pages
...decry poetical justice."12 A play in which the wicked prosper, and the virtuous miscarry, may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the...reasonable beings naturally love justice, I cannot be easily persuaded that the observation of justice makes a play worse <Sl/I99>; or, that if other...
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William Shakespeare: The Critical Heritage, Volume 5

Brian Vickers - 1995 - 568 pages
...decry poetical justice. A play in which the wicked prosper, and the virtuous miscarry, may doubtless be good because it is a just representation of the...triumph of persecuted virtue. In the present case the publick has decided. Cordelia, from the time of Tate, has always retired with victory and felicity....
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The Re-imagined Text: Shakespeare, Adaptation, & Eighteenth-century Literary ...

Jean I. Marsden
...his note on King Lear. "A play in which the wicked prosper, and the virtuous miscarry, may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the...pleased from the final triumph of persecuted virtue" (704). Here, Johnson admits that just events are not always realistic but cannot reconcile himself...
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William Shakespeare, King Lear

Susan Bruce - 1998 - 192 pages
...[see Addison above]. ... A play in which the wicked prosper, and the virtuous miscarry, may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the...triumph of persecuted virtue. In the present case the publick has decided. Cordelia, from the time of Tate, has always retired with victory and felicity....
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Representations of Emotions

Jürgen Schlaeger - 1999 - 183 pages
...and about just endings: A play in which the wicked prosper and the virtuous miscarry, may doubtless be good, because it is a just representation of the...pleased from the final triumph of persecuted virtue. Further, however, the death of Cordelia is also "contrary [...] to the hope of the reader," as that...
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