Criticism in the UK: The Bard of Britannia

  • Robert Sawyer


After examining the effect of World War I on the Shakespearean criticism of the Cambridge scholars I. A. Richards and William Empson, this chapter focuses on F. R. Leavis and the journal Scrutiny. The last section considers the criticism of Caroline Spurgeon, Una Ellis-Fermor, and John Dover Wilson, highlighting instances where they collaborated, as Spurgeon did with Wilson and Arthur Quiller-Couch on the 1921 Board of Education report for “The Teaching of English in England,” and as Wilson did with Quiller-Couch as co-editors of the New Cambridge Shakespeare series, 1921–1966.

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  • Robert Sawyer
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  1. 1.Literature and LanguageEast Tennessee State UniversityJohnson CityUSA

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