Vol. 2 Studies and Appreciations by Wm. Sharp
THE Studies and Appreciations that are gathered together in this selection of the writings of William Sharp were intended by him to form part of a volume of essays on literature entitled In the Garden of Letters, prefaced by an essay on "The Literary Ideal," of which only the preliminary outline was sketched in the fragment, "The Sevenfold Need in Literature," now herein included.
These Studies and Appreciations were written at different periods of the author's career (from 1885 to 1902) either as editorials to Anthologies, to Collected Essays, or as contributions to periodicals. The essay on "The Sonnet, its History and Characteristics," prefaces his anthology of Sonnets of the Nineteenth Century (1886), and was preceded in 1885 by his edition of The Songs and Sonnets of Shakespeare. Concerning his critical preface to the latter volume, J. Addington Symonds wrote to the author that, in his opinion, "The Preface is more humanly and humanely true about Shakespeare's attitude in the Sonnets than anything which has yet been written about them. . . . You are one of those who live (as Goethe has for ever put it) in the whole. It is a great thing for modern criticism to get itself out of holes and corners, mere personal proclivities and scholarly niceties, into the large air of nature and of man." The paper on "Great Odes" was written for the author's collection of English Odes issued in 1890, and all three volumes were issued in the "Canterbury Series" published by Walter Scott, Ltd., to whom I am indebted for permission to include these three essays in my selection of my husband's writings. The critical memoir of Sainte-Beuve prefaces an English translation of the French critic's Essays on Men and Women, which appeared in the "Masterpieces of Foreign Authors," published by David Stott, in 1890.
"The Literature of Brittany," originally printed in vol. xxvi of Warner's Library of Best Literature" (New York, 1898), is a study on the Heroic and Legendary Literature of Brittany in the sixth century, as translated by Hersart de la Villemarqué in 1850. "La Jeune Belgique" was printed in the Nineteenth Century in 1893, the appreciation of "Some Dramas of D'Annunzio" in the Fortnightly in 1900; "The Modern Troubadours" (1900) and Modern Italian Poets " (1902) were written for the Quarterly Review ; and to the editors of those periodicals I desire to tender my sincere acknowledgment of their courtesy, whereby I am enabled to include the three essays in thiis present volume.
ELIZABETH A. SHARP
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